I am just finished a term on the board of one organization and discussing seriously the possibility of joining another. In the past year I have become convinced that strong pairings of effective boards and lead staff are surprisingly rare and extremely powerful. At Catalyst we want to support organizations that are attempting to make this reality. Our friends at Strive post a helpful email blog regularly that I find very informative. This issue explores what kinds of issues boards should be involved in and how to process when board members overstep their role. Very appropriate. I also recommend Jim Brown’s book “The Imperfect Board Member“. The principles are practical and insightful (though I find the GEM model a little more complex than ideal). We’ve given coopies of this book to several organizations and I have two more copies to give to the first two people who request them in the comments to this post.