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, in the following four areas of responsibility of a governing board to help you to solve problems and find success. This work rests on a foundational understanding of relationships and how relationships affect all aspects of governance and management.

The 14 worst board problems we’ve seen in the last 20 years are within the four gold tabs below the Four Quadrants of Governance Responsibilities.

Four Quadrants 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.”

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We train three types of boards

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

Brett Dolt  1986 ~ 2021

Brett showed remarkable dedication to Governance Matters. While he was dealing with life-threatening illness, he passionately served every day like there was no tomorrow. He helped to build this website with care and excellence.

Brett showed the kind of collaboration we teach boards to emulate in their governance.

We celebrate Brett’s life of love and passion. We invite you to read more about Brett and how we plan to celebrate his life by sponsoring work in Africa.

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