Using the “5 Whys” Technique with Your Board of Directors

In past blogs from Directorpoint, we’ve discussed using “Ishikawa” or “fishbone” diagrams to prioritize a board’s approach to problem-solving. One of the reasons fishbone diagrams are so successful is that they are structured to identify the root of a problem. The “5 Whys” technique strives to achieve the same goal using simpler means. Let’s discuss.

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4 Strategies for Dealing with Peer Reviews in the Boardroom

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Many organizations view board member peer reviews as one of the most relevant ways to gauge effectiveness and to work to change any negative behaviors occurring in the boardroom.

Peer reviews can, however, be very tricky evaluations to administer since they carry a strong element of critique. While yearly board evaluations are required for all NYSE-listed companies, peer reviews are not mandatory.

Before choosing to implement peer reviews, board members should discuss the potential value that they would bring to their processes. Then, the chairman can make the decision to implement peer reviews as needed.

If your board does feel that peer reviews will provide significant boardroom insight, here are four suggestions for how to go about administering and utilizing them.
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