Company culture is extremely important to the success of any major company, but what about boardroom culture? How do board members ensure that incoming directors are the right fit for their team moving forward? It all comes down to vetting the candidate and doing it well. Board members must go the extra mile to determine whether a nominee has what it takes to help the company succeed. Here are a few suggestions for the vetting process:
A. Don’t be afraid to make them “tryout.”
You read that right. Professional sports teams make potential new players tryout for their position, so why not extend that practice into the corporate world? Create a fake scenario in which the board member will have to make a difficult choice or confront a roadblock; use this exercise as a way to measure their ability to respond to challenges. The decision they ultimately make in this trial is less important than the way in which they make it. Look for individuals who are willing to ask tough questions or who reach out for assistance when they feel like they need more expertise.