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4 things a Chair can do to make his / her board better in the next 2 meetings.


Here are 4 things to do as a Chair to make your next board meetings more engaging.

The thing is, board meetings are not very frequent.

So it is very easy to fall into the usual behaviours upon arrival at the meeting. You meet the same personalities and the meeting gets going in the same way that it usually does.

And everyone knows that collectively you could do better.

So imagine you are in a future meeting, the same meeting but three meetings from now.

And you have applied these four things, and ask yourself “has there been a step up in engagement?”. I bet there will be.

Step one at the first meeting:

Don't be boring.

Start the meeting by telling an interesting story of the organization that you are governing.

Introduce the meeting by reminding everyone what the purpose of the organization is. Make it interesting. People are here because they care about the mission, purposes, ends, values whatever concept you use, as the driver for this particular group.

Step two at the end of the first meeting:

End the meeting by asking: “Did our work today contribute to the story?”

Don't go around the table.

Instead, ask everyone to think about that question and come prepared to review next time.

Step three at the second meeting: Don’t be boring this time either.

Tell the same story and ask: “What did you think of our last meeting? Did our last board meeting work contribute to that story?” And here’s the thing: then ask the group what we could have done collectively to be better? Go around the table and hear the comments. It will be a combination of generic safe answers and maybe a few meaningful nuggets from the more comfortable, confident, outspoken among your board.

Step four at the end of the second meeting:

End the meeting by asking: “Did our individual work today contribute to the story?”

Don't go around the table.

Instead, ask everyone to think about that question and come prepared to review next time.

That is, ask them to assess their individual contribution next time. In front of their peers.

Will you get a more engaged board? I predict you will.

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