Boards Behaving Badly (Jun 05)

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The reason why I like my job is that I get to meet lots of people who are both good AND interesting. This is not an automatic pairing, of course. This is why if you really like “interesting” your personal life can end up in shambles — ’nuff said I guess.

Anyway, so when I ran into Owen Heiserman in Missouri I recognized someone (both good and interesting) who likes to jump into stuff with all four feet, but who has the capacity to reflect in public in a way that helps the rest of us learn, and then welcomes feedback.

So I thought I would share with you the paper that he gave at the Boards and Beyond Conference. In it he discusses some of the more badly behaved boards he has seen at the helm of community action agencies (CAAs); and really some of the stories he tells in it are just plain sad but — we can all learn from them, community-based organization or not.

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Meanwhile I am going to go reflect on my overwhelming love of the interesting. Is it a character flaw or a fine personal trait?