Walking the Boardwalk


Walking the Board Walk by Vaughn Sherman

     Vaughn Sherman’s Walking the Board Walk 

Walking the Board Walk is intended for all nonprofit board directors and CEO’s who would like governance of their organizations to be more efficient and more enjoyable for those who govern.  It’s based on the author’s experience and particularly focuses on areas of governance he has seen as too often troubled: faulty leadership by a board chair, problems with the board-CEO relationship, poor understanding of the separate responsibilities of CEO and board, and many others.  At about 100 pages the book is intentionally small, respecting the busy lives of those busy people who heed the call to serve their communities in leadership roles.

There are many sources available for advice on organizing or revamping the governance of an institution.  This book is not intended to replace that kind of advice; rather, it aims at the best ways of using tools of leadership: matters of ethics, how we talk to each other, how the board and CEO communicate and how they define their separate duties.  A board that pays attention to these matters is practicing a kind of governance that benefits the institution and the community it serves, and benefits individual directors with a satisfying experience.


“Vaughn Sherman knows how to ‘walk the board walk.’ His many years of experience being on boards and conducting board trainings come through in this handy and practical guide to being an effective board for non-profit organizations.”

—Dr. Cindra Smith is the author of Trusteeship in Community Colleges: A Guide to          Effective Governance and an independent nonprofit board consultant

“Vaughn Sherman understands more about the challenges of board work than anyone else I know. When I encounter a board problem that I’ve never seen before, I’m likely to turn to Vaughn for advice.”

—Gary Davis, PhD, is the former CEO of the Illinois Community College Trustees   Association, and today is an independent nonprofit board consultant.

“When Vaughn told me that he was writing this book, my immediate reaction was, ‘it’s about time.’  I had yet to find just the right tool to assist my board members in making the most of their experience. I needed something short, but packed with the essentials.

I’ve found what I was looking for and believe that you will too.

—Chris Marx, Executive Director, Edmonds Community College Foundation,   Lynnwood, Washington


Trade paperback, 104 pages, 5 x7

Indexed for easy reference

$12.95, ISBN 978-0-9847225-0-1