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April 2015

 Apr 9, 2015 3:09 PM
by Lyn McDonell
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What is the most important role on the board in which to have the right person?  The Chair.  Yet many organizations don’t have a deliberate process for choosing the Chair.  I have often observed a board meeting and thought “This Chair could be much more effective” or “This board needs...

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April 2014


 Apr 29, 2014 8:14 PM
by Lyn McDonell
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A strategic plan typically provides guidance to organizational leadership for three to four years.  It is intended to establish direction and reflect choices – i.e. setting out that “we are going to concentrate on this and not on that.”  The plan’s goals align everyone's efforts towards a destination described in...

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December 2013


 Dec 19, 2013 12:00 PM
by Lyn McDonell
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I have always been interested in the concept of professionalism – a word often used but rarely defined. What is professionalism anyway? I believe that professionalism is intimately related to accountability, intent and results.  It is not about dressing better -- although yes, looking good helps create confidence.  It is...

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September 2013


 Sep 11, 2013 1:22 PM
by Lyn McDonell
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Some boards are better at their governance job than others.  How and in what ways?  I work with boards from across sectors – associations, health service provider organizations, universities, professional regulatory colleges, trade organizations -- and while all are different, the most successful boards across all these settings have some...

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