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Governing Boards: Their Nature and Nurture



Governing Boards: Their Nature and Nurture

Cyril O. Houle

ISBN: 978-0-787-90916-1 April 1997 Jossey-Bass 256 Pages


A Publication of the National Center for Nonprofit Boards

Should be required reading for every new board member.
--NonProfit Times

Shows how to handle the challenges facing board members, including board organization, procedures, accountability, and more!
Foreword by Nancy R. Axelrod.

1. How to Think About a Board.

2. The Human Potential of a Board.

3. The Structure of the Board.

4. The Board, the Executive, and the Staff.

5. The Operations of the Board.

6. The External Relationships of the Board.

Appendix A: How Many Governing Boards Are There?

Appendix B: Keep Absolutely and Serenely Good Humored.

Appendix C: A Rating Scale for Boards.

Appendix D: From Outer Space to Inner Control.
"The single most significant source of useful information and wisdom on boards. . ." (Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business Administration, University of Southern California,, and author of Why Leaders Can't Lead)

"This book is an important addition to the still scant literature regarding governing boards and should be required reading for every new board member."