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Governance Published Info

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Appropriate to Abstain?

Marla J. Bobowick

Board members are expected to participate in making decisions. This means that, for the most part, they should exercise their right to vote, but when is it appropriate to abstain?

Board Orientation

A comprehensive orientation can help streamline the process of that new directors need to become effective members of the board. Following a few guidelines will ensure the orientation process is effective.

Board Development Case Study - NuUnion CU

CUES® Succession Planning Manual

This case study is taken from CUES® Succession Planning Essentials: Helping Credit Unions Prepare for Tomorrow Copyright 2007.

A Not-So-Happy Hour

Having a clear understanding of how board members should interact with an organization’s staff is an important characteristic of an effective board. Learn from three governance experts the steps to take to create the right balance between oversight and management.

The Work of the Governance Committee

Berit M. Lakey, Ph.D.

A governance committee’s charge is to ensure the board continuously strives to be as effective as it can be—both by proactively monitoring the board’s composition and by focusing on board development, education, and assessment for individual directors and the board as a whole.

The Line between Oversight and Micromanagement - Methods to Keep Fellow Board Members Focused on Oversight

Interview with David Whitehead

The role of the board is strategic. Here’s how one credit union CEO and his board work to maintain the board’s focus on strategy rather day-to-day operations.

Youth Movement

Diversity on a board does not mean only racial diversity; it can also include age diversity. This case study highlights some of the cultural challenges one board faces when a young director joins the board.

Exceptional Board Meetings

Marge White

What makes an effective board meeting? Here are one board chair’s key indicators.

Virtual Board Meetings

The need for sharing information faster forces boards to find and adapt to new ways of communication. How should boards prepare themselves for new technology while still remaining effective in their decision-making?

Involving Former Board Members

This paper provides some ideas for demonstrating appreciation for a former board member’s commitment and service by inviting him or her to continue in a different capacity within the organization.

Boardroom Confidential

Board members must be willing to maintain confidentiality. This case study provides key steps to follow in the event that a director fails to do so.


Every new elected member of the board needs thorough orientation to his role and to the expectations that the board places upon him. What are the key elements of effective orientation.

Mentor Your Way to Board Development

Lois J. Zachary

A board mentoring program can have powerful effects on directors’ leadership abilities.

Benefiting from Diversity

By understanding the power of diversity and by utilizing it appropriately, a board possesses the basic tools for creating a responsive and open-minded organization.

Persuading the Reluctant Board Candidate

Here’s what your board can do to attract talented director candidates.

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