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Webinar 201: Governance Has Its Virtues

January 25, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

We tend to think of virtues — courage, generosity, good temper, modesty — as abstract and fuzzy, but in fact they can be very practical in nature and offer concrete guidance for sound decision making. This webinar will provide resources and rationales for helping board members identify, cultivate, and practice virtues as they govern. The result will be an ethically sophisticated board of directors that is more inspired to achieve organizational mission.

Cultivation of virtues in organizations have been found to

  • foster a sense of meaning, well-being, and ennoblement
  • promote good will
  • nurture harmony in relationships
  • become self-reinforcing as they amplify positivity over negativity
  • further resilience

Participants will learn how, once regularly practiced at board meetings, virtues may prompt more of what you want at board meetings and from board members, and less of what you don’t want. Participants will learn practical steps designed to introduce virtues to the board; identify the virtues currently practiced as well as those that are lacking; and how to start making governing decisions with virtues in the foreground.

Participants will learn why a focus on the virtues at the board level is different than a focus on organizational values. The virtues of classical Greek philosophy constitute and extend human excellence. In addition, the virtues are activities, not simply statements of value propositions. The virtues make those who practice them as well as those affected through their practice better and more engaged board members. Values, on the other hand, are less precise. They usually only identify those things a person or an organization wants more of rather than less of.

After this one-hour webinar, participants will be able to

  1. identify and understand the virtues important to governing
  2. learn how to educate board members on the virtues
  3. create practices that encourage governing decisions to be made in light of virtues

Members: $0 | Nonmembers: $75

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January 25, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm