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Michael LoBue , CAE , March 23, 2013
There are several aspects of this article that are highly disappointing. The first is that AN would feature an opinion piece vs. an article that has actual data or evidence to support the main points. I'll give this much to the author, he warns us early in the article that it's based on his personal observations and opinion. Unfortunately, it appears that this author's experience is limited to dysfunctional boards and organizations.
Next, his representation that his limited experience qualifies him to paint nearly ALL organizations as dysfunctional as his. Of course, it's necessary to craft a well articulated problem statement before attempting fixes, but the article is light on actual fixes beyond platitudes that "it should just be done better." Or, boards should just stop doing the five things that his limited experience identifies as problems.
Just yesterday I counseled a young and relatively inexperienced executive director NOT to send this article to her board as an example of what they might be doing wrong. At the end of the day, serious executive directors need to enable their boards and organizations to be successful. She readily admitted that the article was disappointing, but she felt some desperation.
Overall, it is "my opinion", that we should expect more from AN and ASAE Fellows than high-minded opinions based on limited experience.
Andrea Pellegrino , March 22, 2013
Great article! The only thing I would add is that CEOs and other senior executives and leaders must develop for both themselves and their boards " more holistic and honest view" of membership's impact on current and future (mostly future) members and other stakeholders as the basis for their new business models.