Recently, I told my university class that I remembered when faxes were introduced to business. This illicited looks of sheer disbelief and gales of laughter from the class, who were were not even born when that change happened. Faxes are so old school, they said. Well, they are right and I find myself on the edge of another technological precipice called social media.
If you have been asked to join a Board, or you are already a Director on a Board, you have a responsibility to familiarize yourself with the bylaws. Reading through the bylaws will help you to understand the framework within which the Board will function, the parameters of the Board’s decision making powers, and the general roles and responsibilities of Board members. By familiarizing yourself with the bylaws you can decide whether you are able to contribute to the
There is some discussion in the business world these days about values. Organizations post their values and hope that the values they have selected will mesh with the values of their employees. There are supposedly different kinds of values; personal, corporate, and moral values for example. But are there really different kinds of values or is there a smorgasbord of values from which different entities, either individuals or groups, select those that fit their need or purpose?
Leaders who choose to shift an organizational culture after having existed in, and contributed possibly unwittingly or intentionally to the current culture for a period of time, are courageous. By making this choice, committing to the outcome, and following through in words and deeds, they expose themselves to the risk that they might not succeed. Few leaders are used to failing. Most prefer to take calculated risks that are stacked in their favour.