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Transformational Boards: A Practical Guide to Engaging Your Board and Embracing Change

Transformational Boards: A Practical Guide to Engaging Your Board and Embracing Change

Byron Tweeten

ISBN: 978-0-470-40178-1 February 2002 Jossey-Bass 240 Pages


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Organized as a quick and user-friendly roadmap for board members and chief executive officers as they reflect on their roles and duties together, Transformational Boards offers an engagement framework for board leadership designed to help boards lead their organizations through times of change. Using this proven, highly effective model, boards and CEOs work closely together to set responsibilities, outcomes, and strategic direction for the organization. Byron Tweeten identifies key issues with supporting research, presents practical how-to examples and advice, and includes questions that will stimulate further thinking and discussion.

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xv

The Author xix

About Growth Design Corporation xxi

Introduction: Nonprofit Boards Face Change 1

1. Leadership Recruitment 17

2. Preparation for High Performance 43

3. Policy Review and Formation 61

4. Continuous Thinking and Planning 77

5. Positioning and Public Relations 103

6. Financial Resource Solutions 125

7. Performance Evaluation 159

8. A Final Word: The Future of Board Leadership 173

Checklist for Engaged Boards 189

Resources 193

References 201

Index 203

"Transformational Boards provides practical advice for leadersto assist boards in understanding that steadfastness to missionrequires constant assessment and implementation of new strategiesto achieve it."
-- H. Nicholas Muller III, president and CEO, The Frank LloydWright Foundation

"Byron Tweeten does a masterful job in defining, describing,and outlining the necessary philosophies and activities anorganization's leadership must undertake to be effective in today'sever-changing environment-a must read for board and seniormanagement."
-- Doug Tieman, president and CEO, Caron Foundation,Wernersville, Pennsylvania

"This book presents a proactive new vision of leadership thatresponds to the context and environment of the 21st Century. Thisis an extremely valuable tool for every board of a nonprofitorganization wherever it exists."
-- Musimbi Kanyoro, general secretary, World YMCA, Geneva,Switzerland

"It's a book about how to engage the board in meaningfulroles. I found it very helpful."
-- Charles Wright, chairman, Goodwill Industries of SoutheastWisconsin and Metro Chicago, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

"We plan on using this book as a study guide for a boarddevelopment process."
-- Paul Ramseth, board chairman, Lutheran CommunityFoundation

"As a board member of several not-for-profit organizations, Ifind the practical tips and understandable writing to be veryhelpful in understanding my role."
-- Chris Bauer, chairman of the board, Next Door Foundation,Milwaukee, Wisconsin