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Generative Practice

You’ve been told that a board should be “generative” in order to be high performing.

But what does that mean?

I've beta tested these in the public entity risk pooling community and am working on revisions.

DEMYSTIFYING Generative Governance

Break myths and misconceptions about types of governance thinking. Then explore examples of what generative governance is and what it isn’t as well as tips to help CEOs and governing body chairs fulfill their duties.


(re)Defining EFFICIENT Meetings

Conventional wisdom doesn’t always serve pool governing bodies and CEOs when “efficient” meetings become more important than “effective” ones. How quickly your governing body navigates an agenda isn’t a strong outcome if it sacrifices the importance of a deep and relevant conversation.


(re)Setting the Table for DURABLE Decisions

Take a look at how all the components of your governing body meetings -- from the information packets you produce to where people sit. Which of them help or hinder deep discussion and reflection on complex issues? Are there simple changes you can make?


Reading List


Governance as Leadership:

Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards

Chait, Richard, William Ryan, Barbara Taylor (2005)

The Practitioner’s Guide to

Governance as Leadership:

Building High-Performance Nonprofit Boards

Cathy Trower (2012)


Neuroscience for Nonprofit Leaders: Methods for Building Your Brain’s Agility and Capabilities

Dr. Tara Swart (2019)

 Thinking Fast & Slow

Daniel Kahneman (2011)

Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have all the Facts

Annie Duke (2018)

The Cognitive Bias Codex

Decisive: How to Make Better

Choices in Life and Work

Dan & Chip Heath (2013)

When: The Scientific Secrets of

Perfect Timing

Daniel Pink (2019)

Better Boardroom Conversations

BoardSource (2017)

Diversity that Builds a

Culture of Inquiry

BoardSource (2016)

Find The Right Room Setup...

SessionLab (2019)

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