Board Evaluation: Creating Strategic Performance and Effectiveness

by Tracy E. Houston —

THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT TOOL to maximize board effectiveness for self-renewal is board evaluation. In this handbook, board advisory consultant Tracy E. Houston compiles a comprehensive, easy-to-follow guide that demonstrates informative and tactical approaches to board evaluation any board can put to use immediately. Board Evaluation: Creating Strategic Performance and Effectiveness is the go-to resource for governance committees, corporate secretaries and board experts for content-specific information to move the needle for increase board effectiveness. As the only digital guide for board evaluation currently on the market, it is a must-read for professionals who want to stay on top of this rapidly changing topic.

Whether you are looking to enhance your current methodology, expand your understanding of other methodologies, or create a whole new approach to board evaluation, you will find new ideas and direction. If you are looking to hire a third-party facilitator, Board Evaluation: Creating Strategic Performance and Effectiveness provides guidance that will increase your ability to define and prioritize your needs.

Our goal is for you to have detailed information that will greatly improve your board’s effectiveness. Today, there are increased reputational concerns from directors. Board evaluation, done well, strongly undercuts the idea that boards are just rubber stamping whatever management wants. It is the foundation for continues improvement. Board Evaluation: Creating Strategic Performance and Effectiveness is a ready reference that you will return to again and again for the crucial tools needed in the boardroom, including:

  • Unique step-by-step instructions on how to conduct board and peer evaluation;
  • Top Ten To Do List when considering a board evaluation;
  • Cutting-edge information on how to keep the board evaluation fresh;
  • Exclusive insights on answers to frequently asked questions;
  • “From the trenches” experience on the risks and rewards of board evaluation;



Tracy E. Houston, M.A. is the President of Board Resources Services, LLC. She is a refined specialist in board consulting and executive coaching with a heartfelt passion for rethinking performance, teams, and the boardroom.

Tracy’s “deep smarts” of the boardroom’s ecosystem are gained from first-hand participation as a former sitting director, consultant to boards and author of the Board Guru™ eBook Series With nine years of experience executing board search and governance based consulting engagements, her boardroom background, along with key insights of the politics of leadership and the competitive pressures of today's global marketplace, is embodied in a roll-up-your-sleeves style.

Tracy, with six years of experience as a sitting director, was one of the nation’s youngest women to sit on a board in the electric utility sector where she provided leadership during a period of industry change driven by deregulation, privatization, technology and globalization forces. She is the past chairman of the board of the International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology. In 2008 she was inducted into one of Colorado's local women's hall of fame groups.

Extensively published, Tracy has written hundreds of blogs that are featured on several award- winning websites. Frequently quoted, Tracy has recently appeared in Corporate Counsel’s In-House Straight, Energy Wire and After Nines. Her articles have been seen in many publications from The Denver Business Journal, Financial Executives International Magazine and Computer Weekly.

Tracy’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Science, Business Management from Metropolitan State College. Her graduate studies were completed at the University of Denver. She is a patron member of the Colorado Bar Association. Tracy is an avid hiker and recently backpacked in the Grand Canyon.