How to Run Efficient and Effective Board Meetings

How to Run Efficient and Effective Board Meetings

If a board is to fulfill its role of assessing company performance, advising the CEO and connecting the business with the larger community, it must function as a successful team. It is crucial to keep meetings productive and focused. Fun can help improve teamwork and build stronger bonds, but it is essential to be a part of your board’s fun. This article will provide how to run an efficient and productive board meeting. This will ensure that your board members make the most of their time and resources.

Reduce the number of discussions and reports

Long reports can slow a board meeting down and distract from the more strategic discussions. Encourage committee chairs and officers to share only the most essential information and limit their reports to around 25 percent of the meeting. This will allow the majority of the meeting to be focused on strategic planning and crucial decisions.

Clearly Communicate How Decisions Will Be Taken

It is important to communicate your decision-making processes clearly during board meetings so that everyone knows what they are able to do. Make sure you let your board members know prior to the meeting how they can participate, regardless of whether you decide to make decisions by consensus, vote or another method.

At least once a year Examine Your Meetings

At the end of each meeting ask your board members to write a «+» and a «-» on a sticky note and leave them next to the door, so that you can see their input post-meeting. This will help you identify the things that work well and what improvements could be made to your board meetings.