By James Gauss and Jena Abernathy
A decade ago, BoardSource, an organization supporting nonprofit boards, developed a well known list of aspirational principles of governance. For us they still ring true: “mission driven,” “ethos of transparency,” “compliance with integrity.”
One of the Twelve Principles of Governance That Power Exceptional Boards — “intentional board practices” — is particularly timely. Today, being intentional is what health care governance is all about. Every board must have a clear vision, rationale and plan for its activities so it can achieve proactive, strategic governance.