At one point or another, you’ve probably heard some version of this saying: A team can only be as strong as its weakest player. At Directorpoint, we love a good sports analogy, and we also think that this aphorism can be applied to a board of directors. Each individual member must be expected to thoroughly prepare for a board meeting—especially those that pertain to in-meeting time—or else the strength of the boardroom will suffer. So what does exceptional board meeting preparation entail?
- Review bylaws and meeting protocol.
If you’re still new to board membership, it doesn’t hurt to review your board’s bylaws and typical meeting procedures. Make sure that you understand when you’ll have opportunities to bring topics up and when you’ll be expected to cast votes. Some boards rely on an extremely intricate system while others operate more loosely. If you don’t understand the system, how will you be able to adequately prepare for a board meeting?