What does good governance look like to you?

Today's environment is different from ten years ago and the challenges that arise in relation to funding, the political environment and modern technology are changing at an incredibly fast pace. However, many governance practices that still prevail in some organizations today have their roots in the 19th century. Some people still see governing as “making policies” that the CEO and staff carry out. It has a tendency towards prescription and conformance with governance systems. This conventional governance was built to maximize efficiency by minimizing deviations from standard practices.

Unconscious Board leadership can put organizations at risk of commercial failure, financial and legal problems for directors or trustees, but more importantly, it allows an organization to lose sight of its purpose and responsibilities.

The need for conscious governance is a ongoing challenge, which requires each individual to be strategically aware, question everything and be prepared to look at the world from a different place.