Wake up that sleepy board

Has boring put your board to sleep? Is it the arcane machinery of Roberts Rules? Pointless reports? Endless discussions? Trivial debates?

 

Dull can be dangerous when it com
es to boards.  Listless boards may be asleep at the switch when a resignation or crisis calls on them to step up and actively direct the organization. Members may snooze through information that ought to set off alarm bells.

Here are five tools you can use to help transform sleepy board meetings from ennui to engagement.

  • Move that table out of the room. Suddenly, you’re sitting in a circle with no head of the table to establish hierarchy and nothing to hide behind. If you can’t move the table, move the board members.
  • Serve food. Sharing a meal creates human connections, starts conversations and sets the mood for a great meeting.
  • Break into small groups. Especially on larger boards, many participants never say a word. You might be missing a brilliant insight.  Small group discussion helps advance board thinking as members help each other refine and develop good ideas.
  • Take notes on flip charts. Recording key points where members can see them as the meeting moves along assures board members they’ve been heard. Flip chart notes provide structure and a sense of progress through the agenda.
  • Move people around. Too many board members never get to know their board colleagues. Move table tents at each meeting. A new perspective on the meeting space may also open the door to a fresh look at the board’s business.
    You can find more great meeting techniques in our Board Toolbox. 
Or call Cause & Effect for expert design of your breakthrough board meetings. (401) 331-2272

 

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