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What Corporate America Could Learn From the Nonprofit Community

What Corporate America Could Learn From the Nonprofit Community

By Mark Engle, 爆料公社 Principal

In last week鈥檚 Wall Street Journal front-page article , it seems that GE鈥檚 Chairman and CEO wouldn鈥檛 surround himself with anyone willing to say that the emperor has no clothes.

The famed management guru Peter Drucker once said that America鈥檚 corporations could learn from the nonprofit community and specifically pointed to the separation of the board chair and CEO role and noted how well the nonprofit community executed this ().

When unpacking failures of Enron and other major corporate debacles, governance expert Jeffrey Sonnenfeld noted that without the ability to challenge management, corporations were in for a big problem. He related this key element to culture in the boardroom (In the Boardroom, Culture Counts, Nancy R. Axelrod, Journal of Association Leadership, Fall 2004).

Nonprofit expert Nancy Axelrod has published repeatedly on the subject of culture and Texas A&M鈥檚 Will Brown talks of culture as one of the two critical factors driving organizational performance in the nonprofit space.

So how do we instill an environment of balanced conflict in the boardroom? How do we capture the best and brightest from introverts who may be reluctant to speak up? How do we ensure that squirrels don鈥檛 become commonplace and lead to poor decision making?

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Setting the stage for critical conversations and constructive conflict improves the capacity to make wise consequential decisions. Overcoming these issues is a passion project at Association Management Center, where we work with and develop boards to ensure they鈥檙e high-functioning and making the right strategic decisions that drive their associations further.

For more on board development:

In the Boardroom, Culture Counts, Nancy R. Axelrod and

Balanced Conflict, Better Decisions, Mark T. Engle, FASAE CAE

For Tough Board Decisions, Qualming Counters Fears with Facts, Mark T. Engle, FASAE CAE

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