Posted by: bwoof | October 19, 2009

Sturgis vs Robert

I sit on the boards of two different charitable organizations. Both are governing boards vs. working boards, and there’s a big difference in case you don’t know.  The Carver Model is the classic goverance system that I’m getting used to. It’s efficient, streamlined, and tidy.

strategic_initiatives_chartBasically, a governing board has one employee, usually the CEO, or the Executive Director, or the person with the highest level of authority in the organization. The board sets the Strategic Ends Policies or Initiatives, or in other words, the things that the organization is meant to do and become. Then it sets limits on what the one employee can do. Basically, that person can do anything s/he wants as long as the Limits are not exceeded. S/He can hire, fire, spend, cut, invent, create, direct etc. Limits are always negatively worded statements. For example, “the Executive Director may not allow a deficit budget.” Or “the CEO shall not permit any employment contract to be without a termination clause.”

One of the boards I sit on governs an organization with 3400+ employees and 1400 persons in specialized care. The other has approximately 11 employees and about 500 members. Quite a difference, but the governance model is the same.

sturgisrobertsBut….tonight I learned something completely new. I’ve long known that Roberts Rules of Order are followed in board meetings. Not that I understand it all, but essentially it’s a formal world-wide system of running meetings so that due process is always followed.

Tonight, however, I learned that the one board doesn’t follow Roberts but does follow Sturgis.  Sturgis???  I had to come home and look it up. It appears to be a slightly simplified version of Roberts.

Hmm….the things you learn late at night during lengthy board meetings!

Grateful for:smartresponse

  • Math team and Melinda and the learning plans for tomorrow
  • texting with my kids

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