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Board of Directors: Duties & Purpose

Board of Directors: Duties & Purpose

Chapter I.  Purpose of the Board of Directors
            In Susan Scribner’s book, Boards from Hell, Scribner describes a variety of dysfunctional boards.  Among others, she suggests these types of boards that you would never want to participate in:

Phantom Boards (Missing in Action).  
Tennessee Fainting Goats Boards (I Can’t)
Bordellos (Self-Serving Members)
Mutant Ninja Board Members (Bad Apples)
Bored Boards (Uninvolved, Uninformed)  The former president of Columbia International University, Robertson McQuilkin, reportedly coined the term “rubberstamping” for this type of under-involved board members.

Perhaps Scribner could have also suggested “Interfering Mother-in-Law Board” Members (Acting as Bosses Outside Board Meetings).  McQuilkin reportedly calls this type of interference by board members, "rubbernecking", and accrediting agencies do not like to see it.

            Many times, a dysfunctional board results from misunderstandings of th