Governance Reviews

Boards must set up their organizations for success in fulfilling their missions. Governance is about that fundamental structuring of decision-making authority. It is how an organization is directed and controlled in order to ensure its mission is achieved. It encompasses questions of structure, responsibility and process.

Is your organization’s governance structure effective? Sometimes the development of an organization can outgrow its legacy governance structure. Sometimes there is a desire to reflect better practices and become excellent, to go from good to great!

A Governance Review allows an organization to reexamine its membership structure, by-laws, board role, board composition, governance approach or model, and organizational policies to ensure that goals of good governance and accountability to stakeholders are met.

Clients tell us that our experience is an asset to their leadership because we’ve been part of governance change in many settings. We can share what other organizations are doing while we help you find the right governance principles and solutions for your organization, its mission, culture and history. We have completed successful governance reviews and seen real governance change occur as a result. We help organizations implement governance reviews effectively – mindful of what is good governance and with sensitivity to relationships and the change process required. We work out with you what communications to members are involved – and the information they need to have to support organizational change.

The result? A successful change process and better governance going forward.



We adapt our sessions to your group and its specific needs.  So while these sessions listed below are ones that we do often, there need not be a "cookie-cutter" approach.  Instead, we design the experience that your group needs.  Sometimes different elements are combined depending on what is required and the session time available.  In all cases, the sessions blend presentation and information with activity and dialogue to maximize learning.

Session Topics May Include (see session descriptions below):


Models of Board Governance: Decision Criteria for Your Organization

Who Is It For?

  • Boards that are too large or too small in number
  • Boards into operational details who want to ‘get out of the weeds’
  • Boards considering new ways of governing
  • Boards that desire to add elements of innovative governance to their model

These sessions cover various types of models: Policy Governance, Traditional Governance, Cortex, Relationship, Consensus-Based, Dynamic and more. We help your organization determine how to select and adapt what is best for you and criteria to consider as well as ‘Next Steps.’

Through these sessions we will help you understand the intent of different models, learn about a range of alternatives and identify what’s important to your organization’s governance.


Governance Change Consultations

Who Is It For?

  • Organizations wanting or needing to do governance review
  • Organizations planning governance change

During these consultations we help you to understand and clarify goals for change and know how to set up the process for success. We also provide ongoing issues management as required.

These consultations provide an increased chance of success in governance review and change, an understanding of essential steps and readiness to deal with issues in a positive way.

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