How to Get Your Board of Directors on the Same Page

In board meetings, directors lay out their diverse perspectives and debate different ideas in order to reach the right decision on key issues. These may include corporate policy, management decisions or even addressing crises. It’s not as easy as it appears to reach a consensus. It’s nearly impossible to make significant decisions without the support of your board and getting everyone on the same page is not an easy task.

The first step is to establish a structure that ensures each meeting delivers maximum results. This means that you must distribute meeting materials at least one week prior to the meeting so that attendees have the time to read and comprehend the materials. Additionally numerous boards now have an expectation of having an internal meeting that is brief prior to the actual board meeting where they discuss the agenda items prior to the time.

The next step is to make sure that the objectives of the meeting are clearly stated. This will help keep the focus and facilitate discussions, while ensuring that the board’s decision-making process is transparent and efficient.

Also, encourage participation by requesting feedback at the conclusion of every meeting. This will allow you to find and fix any issues that arise with the way you run your board and help them stay on course to meet their goals. This can be done via surveys, anonymous polls, or facilitated discussion.

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