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A model for boards that will help you govern more effectively

Complexity Made Clear

We offer four cost-effective training options

Read the book to learn on your own

Take short courses on topics in all areas of a board’s responsibility

Implement the Model with your board through a 15-month cycle, with video training and coaching

Train your own internal consultant(s) with an intensive 16-week course

what we do

The Relationship Model™ for Governance, Leadership and Management

We train board members from the novice to the experienced, using a foundational understanding of relationships. Knowing these four areas of responsibility of a governing board will help you to solve problems and find success.

The 14 worst board problems we’ve seen in the last 20 years are within the four gold tabs below the Circle of Responsibility of a governing board.

Circle of Governance Responsibilities

Monitor Risk, Measure Results, and Exercise Other Board Accountabilities

Delegate Management Authority and Responsibility to the CEO

Direct Strategic Plans

Design Board Structures and Processes
  • “Our board doesn’t know the difference between governance and management, but they do know they like to manage.”
  • “Why do we have an Executive Committee? All the board gets is recommendations.”
  • “Why do I even come to meetings? Most decisions are already made before I get there.”
  • “Some of our best board members quit. They say they don’t want to major in minors? What’s going on?”
  • “We don’t have a strategic plan and no one seems to know what should be in it.”
  • “How do we get help for our board without paying an arm and a leg? We’re a not-for-profit.”
  • “We’re just volunteers. How much time do we have to give to this?”
  • “The CEO is the founder and makes all the decisions anyway. We’re rubber stamps.”
  • “Does the CEO work for the Board or the Board Chair? Our Chair doesn’t seem to get this.”
  • “I hate fundraising. Is this governance or management? Do other boards have to do that?
  • “I’m afraid something will go wrong on my watch. How can we monitor risk?”
  • “How do we measure the difference we make in the lives of people?”
  • “I’ve been on boards before. I don’t need any training.”
  • “Half of our board members are like bumps on a log. Some never say a word during a whole meeting.”

Free survey

Take a free survey to determine if you have a governing or managing board.

We train three types of boards

Values-based Not-for-profit Organizations
Faith-based Not-for-profit Organizations
Christian
Churches

We celebrate Brett’s life of love and passion.

Each year we plan to sponsor a church or charity in Africa to Implement the Model.

Brett Dolt  1986 ~ 2021

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