Board Policies: Firm or Flexible?

Are board policies firm rules or flexible guidelines? I have worked with some boards who enforce their policies consistently and with other boards who permit exceptions to their policies under various circumstances. What is the impact of each approach?
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Feedback Equips Servant Leaders

Although annual performance reviews are considered a best practice for employees, few board members receive such a gift. Due to the potential for discord many board members are uncomfortable confronting a peer with concerns. However, regular performance feedback is sincerely appreciated by leaders who wish to serve their organizations.
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Stellar Board Performance

During January many organizations are preparing for a successful year by reflecting on last year’s results and developing plans for an even better year ahead. It is a great time for boards to consider the coming months. To this end, STRIVE!’s GEM Assessment™ for Boards can be a valuable tool in a board’s toolbox.
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Board Members Between Board Meetings

It is easy for busy board members to focus on their other priorities between board meetings. After all, the urgent matters of their primary jobs are placed before them daily. Can’t they just delegate ongoing business related to their board position to the full-time CEO?
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What is Representation on a Board?

Some organizations still operate under the burden of a huge board. It is amazing to me the number of membership organizations that have 40 to 100 directors so that all the interest groups or regions across the country can be represented during board meetings. Such meetings tend to be classic illustrations of the 80/20 rule. Eighty percent of the board work is done by twenty percent (or fewer) of the board members. Commonly the same five to ten people contribute to the discussion on every agenda item. In some cases, over half the board members might go a year or more without ever speaking up.
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