Does Your Board Agenda Match-Up? 365ideas4change Number 40

I’m in the heart of delivering part of a lecture programme on Systems Thinking. Which got me thinking about the Board as part of the greater system of the organisation. And the organisation as a part of greater system of society and the environment.

Below are two highly generalised diagrams. With full acknowledgement that they are dramatically oversimplified, they’re still useful prompts to review the Board agenda.

The first figure represents the ‘conventional’ Board agenda/process.

Figure 1Each of the issues in the second figure represent real issues of risk – upside and downside – and sustainability (with thanks to Mental Modeler ( . Are there any major gaps in your Board Agenda? What else should be in this agenda? What is the nature of the relationships between these elements that impact on the company delivering on its purpose?

Figure 2


About Julie Courtnage

With training in environmental science, I facilitate 'naked conversations' about sustainable wellbeing. Using facilitation techniques, systems thinking, art, music, writing, movement and photography, we explore the active creation of our uniqueness - personal and collective, as individuals, organisations and society - and our relationships with others, with sustainable wellbeing, and with genuine happiness. This journey of creation is a journey of Love. And fun.
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