Developing a Strategic Board Agenda

A clearly defined strategic board agenda is the basis for every meeting. It ensures that each discussion achieves its purpose and does not get distracted by the details. It is more than just the right format to conduct the right board meeting. Board members must also be prepared and ready to take part in productive discussions.

One of the most important things a board can do to ensure a successful meeting is to study the materials for the board prior to the meeting. In this way they will be able to familiarize themselves with the information and know what they’d like to discuss during the meeting. This is also a great way to increase participation by encouraging everyone’s individual perspective to be brought to the table.

Focusing on the content, not the format is another important factor to ensure a productive board meeting. Meetings for boards must be efficient and focused. It is therefore essential to arrange topics in a logical manner. Begin with the most important and urgent ones. Then, move on to topics that build upon the previous ones. Don’t forget to reserve a portion of the meeting for new business. This is the ideal time for the board members to engage in productive discussions that will help move the company forward.

In recent years Boards have been pushed to complete more hands-on projects. This can lead to meetings taking longer than they should and drifting off from the topic. To avoid this, make sure to keep the information in an overview of the board at an organizational level.

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