How to Get Your Board of Directors on the Same Page

In board meetings directors present their views and debate various ideas in order to arrive at a consensus. These could include corporate policy, management decisions or even addressing crises. But achieving consensus isn’t as easy as it looks. In fact, it’s nearly impossible to make a major decision without the complete backing of your board members and getting them all on the same as one another can be a tiring task.

The first step is to establish a framework that will ensure that each meeting delivers maximum results. This means sending out meeting materials a minimum of one week prior to the meeting so that attendees have time to read and comprehend the materials. Additionally many boards now follow a practice of having an internal meeting prior to the actual board meeting in which they discuss agenda items before the actual meeting.

The next step is to ensure that the goals of the meeting are clearly defined. This helps to keep the meeting on track and drive discussions, while ensuring that the board’s decision-making processes are transparent and efficient.

In the final phase, you should encourage participation by asking for feedback at the end of each meeting. This will allow you to find and fix any issues regarding the way you run your board and ensure that they are on the right track towards achieving their goals. This can be done by surveys, anonymous polls or moderated discussions.

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