Active Board Succession

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.

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