ISJ Spring 2022: Towards A More Effective Board: A Personal View. Part Two / Peter MacKenzie
How many psychologists does it take to change a lightbulb? Just one. But, of course, the lightbulb must really want to change. It’s an old joke (and a good one) but it illustrates a significant problem. My evidence is necessarily anecdotal and impressionistic but most boards seem to believe they are actually doing quite a good job. Only when boards accept that this may not be the case will meaningful change be possible. Therefore, the starting point must be a frank appraisal of how the board is operating and how effective it is.