As bar executives, we have been blessed to work with boards and committees that function smoothly and act in the best interests of the organization with a clear sense of purpose and vision. However, there are rare instances when a board or committee acts dysfunctional. The results of a dysfunctional board are often gridlock, frustration or lack of progress in achieving critical goals for the association. A dysfunctional board can set an organization back through indecision, inaction, or inertia. Identifying the symptoms of dysfunction can help bar executives and boards alike to alleviate these problems —- creating a more productive climate to achieve the association’s objectives. The most common symptoms of dysfunction include the following.
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