The agenda and the board book have been the centerpieces of board meetings for decades. While the board book provides important information and reporting, the agenda acts as the guide for the course of the board meeting. It may seem like nothing more than a simple list, but the agenda wields serious influence over a board meeting’s progression.
You’re probably thinking, how can a basic list be improved? But we’re here to say that it can be done!
- Ask: Does this agenda item involve everyone?
This may seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how often boards include agenda items that should actually be discussed in smaller committees or one-on-one outside of the board meeting. Boardroom time should be focused on group-oriented tasks and decision-making in order to get the most collaborative value out of your gathering.