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Intentional Governance Guides

Creating an effective board takes work and intent. We define Intentional Governance as: deliberate and intentional processes addressing board structure, dynamics, and culture that enable the board to realize its highest potential.

There are seven essential elements of governance: board recruitment, board structure, board culture, education and development, evaluation and performance, continuous governance improvement, and leadership succession planning. Each guide in this series is designed to provide takeaway tools and assist readers in developing customized Intentional Governance plans related to each essential element.

Click here to download our Intentional Governance Assessment. To download other customizable versions of the templates in these Intentional Governance Guides, view our templates collection.

Board Leadership Succession Planning

The quality of board leadership is extremely important to the board’s ongoing success and sustainability. This guide detail solutions for each essential element of board leadership succession planning.


Continuous Governance Improvement

The tips and tools explained throughout this guide can help the board implement a continuous governance improvement process and change the culture of the board to one that is transparent, accountable, and always improving.


Board Evaluation and Performance

This toolbook discusses the challenges to effective board and director evaluation, and provides a guideline for how to effectively conduct various board assessments, and how to use evaluation criteria for board member appointment/reappointment.


Board Education and Development

This toolbook focuses on five key areas of board education and development: a formal orientation program, annual assessment of education needs, an annual board education plan, appropriate resource allocation for education, and certification.


Board Culture

Board culture is an important pillar to address in today’s healthcare environment. This toolbook is designed to aid boards in understanding the importance of culture, assessing their culture, and making steps to change it.


Board Organization and Structure

This toolbook focuses on how the right structure (including the structure of board meetings and agendas, committee structure, and strategic partnership governance) will offer the best opportunity to make a meaningful impact on strategy and performance.


Board Recruitment

Throughout the last few years, board recruitment has changed significantly and gained importance. This toolbook focuses on the new demand for board talent and provides steps boards can take to develop an effective board recruitment plan.