Avoiding Common Mistakes in Board Directors Meetings

A well-organized meeting of your board of directors will help you to make ethical and informed decisions. The board must be able review click to read documents, have discussions and reach a consensus on complicated issues. The meeting should be documented appropriately, allowing for future reference and conformance. The process might be difficult to navigate however it is crucial that the board makes the most of their time and resources.

Board work can be exciting yet exhausting simultaneously. Avoid these common mistakes to keep meetings productive.

1. Rehashing discussion points from the previous meeting

Reminiscing about the discussion from the previous board meeting will eat up time and distract you from the most important agenda items. You will also not be able to achieve the objectives of the board meeting when you are distracted by new topics for discussion. If you are forced to discuss something that wasn’t originally scheduled for discussion, have the members agree to push it to the end of the meeting with the agreement to reevaluate and revisit whether the topic is worthy of being researched further or added to the next agenda or assigned as an item to be discussed later.

2. Sharing too much information

Board members must be well-informed. However, the board’s package must be designed to will encourage discussion and provoke questions, not act as a comprehensive exposition of every piece of information that is available for board consideration. It may sound like the board is acting as a teacher in the pre-school years, but it allows them to concentrate on the crucial decisions.

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