Effective governance—the structures and processes for decision-making—plays a critical role in the success of every organization. CFAR has been privileged to work with hundreds of boards in public and private businesses, for-profit and non-profit organizations, family businesses, and professional societies and associations across the US. Our work centers on board assessment and board development, enhancing board and staff relationships, fostering communication between stakeholders, and ensuring that the system of governance, the parts and the whole, is working optimally—providing clear and cohesive decisions to advance business and mission objectives.
We know that all of our clients come from one-of-a-kind organizations, each with a unique purpose, cultural identity, and set of aspirations that should be reflected in the governance system—but know that doing so is not a simple task.
We know that modes of governance vary considerably from industry to industry, and that one size does not to fit all. CFAR has created structures and processes for the spectrum of governing bodies designed for their particular purpose, including:
Professional society boards
Hospital and health system boards
Faculty and staff councils
We are also adept at working with boards across multiple organizations when they have the common goal to achieve something together that they could not do alone (e.g., post-M&A health systems, organizations collaborating across an issue or a field to change policy, build capacity or create aligned strategy, etc.). We combine our governance, strategic, and cultural expertise with our clients’ deep understanding of and appreciation for their organizations to co-create governance systems and boards that will sustain the organizations for the road ahead. In our experience, it is this process of co-creating the desired results—versus the sole delivery of an expert report—that produces flexible and enduring outcomes.
This week's Spotlight features Chief Financial Officer Mary Kelly. Mary has been with CFAR since 1992 and has held a number of roles across the...
Family Enterprise: When Strategy Collides With Vision and Values With Debbie Bing on Beyond The Balance Sheet Podcast
Debbie Bing President and Principal talks about the emotional and strategic layers that family businesses are faced with when it comes time to engage with the new leaders, spouses, or the next generation. She addresses conflict, risk, and how the next generation should step out and step into roles where they can use their skills and perspectives for their families on Beyond The Balance Sheet Podcast.
This week's Spotlight features Senior Advisor and CFAR Coaching Practice Founder Richard Levin. Richard is widely recognized as one of the first...