Thursday, April 17, 2008

Board of Trustees

I'll be honest. I haven't always been a good director. And I haven't always been working for a good board.

But right now, I am very much aware that I am working with a board that is in a kind of Golden Age. Every one of them is articulate, dedicated, thoughtful, and politically astute.

That's an extraordinary gift. Tonight, one of my board members spoke to the importance of self-assessment: we have to do this when things are good, he said, in case we need it when things are not so good.

That strikes me as wise. Boards are best when they closely monitor their own performance. Directors are best when they do the same.

And all of us are well-advised to cherish those wonderful moments when things are going right.

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