The Board/CEO Partnership in Times of Crisis

Glenn Tecker

 “The Power of a Board Chair”, by Mark Athitakis opens a dialogue on the positive role Board Chairs can play in helping lead their organizations through times of crisis.

“When we see complex crisis situations staring us in the face, our gut instinct often is to try to plan a complex response to it, with lots of contingencies,” Waller told CSU’s website. When CEOs loosen the reins and defer more to the board, she added, it “may encourage the oversight capabilities of the board that results in a simplifying of the strategy.”

Our observation is that the line between staff and member leadership involving complex and often controversial issues is becoming more like a porous membrane than like a brick wall. In a knowledge-based association who makes the decision is less important than the quality of information on which the decision is made.