Board Members Between Board Meetings

It is easy for busy board members to focus on their other priorities between board meetings. After all, the urgent matters of their primary jobs are placed before them daily. Can’t they just delegate ongoing business related to their board position to the full-time CEO?
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What is Representation on a Board?

Some organizations still operate under the burden of a huge board. It is amazing to me the number of membership organizations that have 40 to 100 directors so that all the interest groups or regions across the country can be represented during board meetings. Such meetings tend to be classic illustrations of the 80/20 rule. Eighty percent of the board work is done by twenty percent (or fewer) of the board members. Commonly the same five to ten people contribute to the discussion on every agenda item. In some cases, over half the board members might go a year or more without ever speaking up.
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The Chair’s Role–Between Board Meetings!

Great board chairs, like all organizational leaders, have ongoing responsibilities. They play important roles between board meetings: they facilitate meaningful board engagement, ensure owner communication, and dialogue with the CEO.
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Engaging Board Members During Board Meetings

An organization’s by-laws state the size of its board. By this, the owners are indicating how many different perspectives they believe are needed to make quality decisions. During the typical board meeting in which most of the contributions come from just a few of the board members, the owners are not being served as they intended. One of the roles of a board chair is to ensure that the board benefits from the diversity of input that the by-laws intend. Thus, it is the board chair’s job to engage all board members in boardroom discussion.
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