Directorpoint CTO Recognized As Outstanding Tech Innovator

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We’re proud to announce that our very own Chief Technology Officer, Trey McMeans, was recently named a “Rising Star of Tech and Innovation” by the Birmingham Business Journal.

The BBJ points out that the awardees are individuals who are expected to “lead the charge…in taking Birmingham’s innovation economy to the next level.”

Prior to joining Directorpoint, McMeans was the CEO and founder of a SaaS company called GreekStudy.

The GPS-enabled, academic hours-tracking application acquired over 1,000 clients across the country and experienced exceptional success under his leadership and guidance. In 2016, McMeans sold the company in order to focus on full-time leadership as the Directorpoint CTO.
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Taking an Unpopular Stand as a Board Member

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Disagreement is a natural part of the boardroom process. In fact, it’s an integral element in decision-making. Diversity of thought helps board members analyze their options from varying angles, which ultimately helps them make better choices as a collective.

From time to time, however, you may find yourself as the odd man out. First and foremost, don’t worry; it’s OK to take an unpopular stand, but there is a more effective way to way to do it. Here are our suggestions:

  1. Don’t go silent.

For many directors who realize they’ve adopted an unpopular stance, the choice to go silent makes the most sense. While you may believe that you’re being a better group member by bowing out of discussion, you could actually be doing a disservice to your board. Keep in mind that your opinion has equal value in the board setting, and you may be looking at a problem from a truly unique angle that others need to hear.
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The Benefits of Diversity in the Boardroom

DiverseOver the last two decades, corporate board diversity has been growing steadily. In 2015 women held nearly 18% of the board positions at Fortune 1000 companies—a percentage that has doubled over the last 20 years.

As for racial minorities, they hold about 15% of board roles in Fortune 250 companies and are continuing to make gains.

Regardless of where the current statistics fall, though, the bottom line is that studies show diversity in the boardroom brings many benefits.

We’ve compiled a few of these benefits to share with you:

A diverse boardroom provides a diversity of thought

All board members bring their own personal background and experiences to their position in the boardroom. Each individual mind is capable of offering unique ideas, solutions, and strategies. For boards with a more diverse membership, the breadth of personal experience is wider and more comprehensive.

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Being an Effective Board Chairman

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Effective leadership is a topic that has been visited and revisited by business publications, psychology magazines, and more. People have a lot to say about leadership and what makes a particular style of leadership great.

But when it comes to board leadership, what really puts a board chair a head above the rest?

Effective board chairs seek meaningful contact between board meetings

According to Harvard Business Review, “Impromptu discussions strengthen a board’s hand on the company’s pulse. Keeping board members informed also minimizes the time spent on background that slows up regular board meetings.” When board chairs take the lead to spark conversation outside of meetings, other board members are more likely to follow suit.

At Directorpoint, we encourage this sort of collaboration outside of the meeting with our member-to-member messaging system. Instead of clogging one another’s inboxes, board members can reach out to their cohorts quickly and easily both during and outside of meeting times.
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The Paperless Boardroom: Less Is More

Large companies have been going paperless for years now, and there are countless reasons why it’s a major trend. Even though the benefits are plentiful, many boards of directors haven’t followed suit.
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They have remained firmly tied to old ways of printed board packets either out of habit, fear of change, or both.

At Directorpoint, we’re big believers in the paperless boardroom for many reasons—some of which are similar to why companies are headed that direction in general.

In addition to the fact, that it’s just plain good for our environment, we’ve compiled a list of reasons why creating a paperless boardroom can bring your board better results overall.

Going paperless saves time

Board members are some of the busiest people in the business world. Typically, their time is limited and therefore, highly valuable. Using a system like Directorpoint that eliminates the need for paper saves time prepping for meetings as well as time used during meetings. Board software “keeps everyone on the same page” without actually involving any pages!

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Directorpoint Reviews: Our Users Share Their Experience

Directorpoint user experienceAlthough our accelerating company growth and 99% client retention rate rank us among the best in the board portal industry, we’re most proud of our world class customer service.

Being headquartered in the heart of the South, hard work and hospitality are in our DNA. And as avid college football fans living in the state of Alabama, we can’t help but borrow a play straight from famed head football coach, Nick Saban’s playbook.

Just as Coach Saban trains players to focus on winning each individual play, we at Directorpoint treat each customer as though they are our only customer.

We view each individual customer interaction as an opportunity to provide a uniquely positive experience. Because delighting our customers is a priority, we have built remarkably strong and mutually-beneficial client relationships.

How do we know our approach works? Because we ask our customers for feedback every single day.

If you want to see why all of these executives like using our product, click here to schedule a demo with our team today!

Read on for some firsthand reviews of our service from our clients.

Directorpoint Reviews and Testimonials

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Getting Your Board “On Board”

Boards of directors tend to be mature groups of leaders. With age, comes wisdom, after all! In fact, according to the executive search firm Spencer Stuart, average board member age has increased from 60 in 1998 to 63.1 in 2015. That means that right now in America, boards are largely populated by individuals born into the “baby boomer” generation.
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While the boomers are known for their tenacious work ethic and willingness to adapt, they were also raised in a less tech heavy era, which has lead to doubts about their capacity to keep pace with technological advances, especially when it comes to the board of directors.

The truth, however, is that the vast majority of boomers embrace technology as eagerly as their younger counterparts.

Here at Directorpoint, we’re big believers in the boomers—both in their ability to engage with new technology and also in their dedication to evolving for the betterment of their organizations. And that sort of positive transformation is exactly what we think our software offers to the modern day boardroom.

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Announcing: Directorpoint iOS iPad App Updates

*January 26, 2015*

You’ve read about our recent website upgrades, but today we’re excited to share our latest iOS iPad app updates! We’re working tirelessly to improve every client’s experience using Directorpoint on his/her iPad. Our board portal software is better than ever!

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The iPad app now features a calendar view of your events. After logging into the app, by default, a list of your upcoming events will appear. To switch over to the calendar view, tap on “Calendar” at the top of the events view. To view a specific event, tap on the event, then tap view/download.

 

 

 

 

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Announcing: Directorpoint Website Updates

*January 22. 2016*

At Directorpoint, we’re doing our best to make sure that we’re providing the most intuitive and useful board portal software you can find. For that reason, we periodically make changes or additions to ensure that we’re giving our users the finest experience possible. Over the last few months, we’ve been working on our website as well as our iOS iPad app. For today’s blog post, we’ll be focusing on the recent updates to the website, but check back soon for a similar post about our current app!

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Four Benefits of a Digital Board Packet

Board software helps your organization avoid printing out and assembling hundreds of pages of documents by creating a live, digital board packet. But how exactly will your meetings and meeting prep benefit from that newly formed, online packet?
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The board packet doesn’t have to be uploaded as a single document

One of the difficulties of creating a board packet is that its sections often come from various members of an organization.

Because of that, it can be a long and tedious process to organize those sections into a single document. With board software, you can add documents piece by piece while associating each document with a particular agenda item.

As you upload documents to the software, they are automatically converted into pdf format and are merged into the board packet as a whole. You can also adjust where it appears in the packet simply by rearranging the agenda.

You can add digital notes and annotations

Whether you’re taking notes before a meeting or jotting down some next step plans during a meeting, we know that board members need to be able to interact with their board packet. Board software offers an easy-to-use notes feature that allows members to click anywhere on the board packet and add a note—either by typing it post-it-note style or by using drawing on their touchscreen.

These notes are easy to access at a later date and are especially helpful for members who want to remember particular questions or comments. There’s also typically a highlighter tool to help members make important items stand out.

You can search for specific information and change pages easily

Navigating the board packet is an intuitive process. Using the search tool, you can search for a specific word or phrase that appears any where within the board packet. This simplifies the navigation of multiple pages of documents by helping members get to exactly what they’re looking for in the blink of an eye.

Not to mention, you can move between pages using several different tools: by using the page slider, by selecting an agenda item, or simply by flipping to the next page.

You can access old board packets any time

Let’s say that you’re sitting in a board meeting and you want to access the reports from a meeting that happened three months ago. Unless you like to lug around lots of paper, you probably don’t have immediate access to that information.

Digital board packets are saved perpetually, unless an administrator on your account decides otherwise. In other words, board software gives you immediate access to old documents any time you’re logged into your account.

You can compare data or meeting notes from three months ago with the new, updated information in a matter easily.

Board portal software is changing the way boards operate by making the board packet a more accessible and efficient document.

Schedule a demo with us today to learn more about how Directorpoint can streamline board meeting preparation, and increase member engagement.