How to Run Efficient and Effective Board Meetings

For a board to fulfill its role of evaluating company performance, providing advice to the CEO and connecting the business with the community at large, it must function as an effective team. It is crucial to keep meetings productive and focused. A good time can build teamwork and strengthen bonds, but it is important to also have fun with your board. In this article, we’ll look at how to conduct an effective and efficient board meeting that will ensure your board is making the most of its time and resources.

Reduce the number of reports and discussions

Longer reports can cause delays in a board meeting and distract from more strategic discussions. Encourage committee chairs and officers to only present the most essential information and limit their reports to 25 percent of the meeting. This will allow for the majority of the meeting to be spent on key decisions and strategic planning.

It is important to clearly communicate how decisions will Be Taken

Communicating clearly your decision-making process to board meetings is an excellent way to ensure everyone is aware of the ways to contribute. Make sure you inform your board members know prior to the meeting how they can participate, regardless of whether you choose to make decisions through consensus, voting, or any other method.

At a minimum, once a year Examine Your Meetings

Request that your board members leave their names, either “+” or “-” on a sticky note, next to the meeting door. This allows you to read their comments after the meeting. This will help you decide the things that work well and what improvements can be made to your board meetings.

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