Why “victory?” Becoming a highly effective board requires hard work, due diligence, generosity, commitment to the community
of the board, and lots of volunteer time. It does not just happen.

Working with boards that are in all stages of development is an essential component of enabling organizations to fulfill their
potential and their aspirations. Productive retreats that help a board
identify priorities can raise the level of an entire organization or institution.

Good boards know how to:
• Partner with the head of school or executive director
• Value multiple perspectives as they make decisions
• Respect the boundaries between administration and governance
• Function as an ensemble that blends voices and perspectives

The “victory” that Dick Chait describes, is not a destination, it is a journey. Great boards also cultivate leadership and provide for continuity and vision.


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“ Highly intelligent. Insightful. Witty. An expert manager of discussion. Fran possesses all of these attributes and more. Her depth of knowledge, commitment to task, and ingratiating personality facilitated an invigorating, entertaining, and highly instructive workshop for our Board of Trustees. We are so fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn from Fran, and we look forward to the possibility of working with her again!”


Lindsay Barnes
Academy Head
Hawaii Preparatory



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