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Competency-Based Governance: A Foundation for Board and Organizational Effectiveness
Health care governance is at a crossroads. As boards shift away from a focus on compliance and monitoring toward a value-added orientation, their work is migrating beyond an emphasis on operations and toward strategic and collaborative leadership. At this juncture, several fundamental questions emerge that must be addressed to facilitate governance transformation. These questions include:
Funded by global specialty pharmaceutical and medication delivery company Hospira, Inc, the Blue Ribbon Panel on Trustee Core Competencies was convened in 2008 to build on the earlier panel’s work:
Panel members drew on their own experiences and reviewed work done by others to develop board and leadership competencies for both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. In addition to developing individual board member competencies, the panel also considered what makes a board an effective team and identified tools and resources to help boards begin to apply competencies to health care organization governance. This report also includes recommendations for boards, educators and researchers, and tools to carry the panel’s work forward to help the field better understand and practice competency-based governance.
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