At times, board service can be exciting, engaging, and groundbreaking. Board members might have the opportunity to lead the revitalization of a struggling company or discover new avenues for growth. Board service will occasionally feel tedious or rote, though. The truth is that being on a board involves some repetitive practices, but that doesn’t mean that directors’ eyes have to glaze over during meetings.
So how can you keep things fresh and focused on a strategic future? Here are some of our suggestions:
Don’t let the agenda become an afterthought.
We’ve shared our thoughts on creating better board agendas here, but this topic is important when it comes to keeping board meetings fresh, too. The agenda-building process should be interactive, and board members need to think critically about how to structure them from month to month. Rather than adopting a system that just rolls over after every meeting, challenge your board to create agendas that will spark new conversations.