How to Run a Board Meeting

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As a CEO, managing your board and the board meeting tempo is one of your responsibilities. You want your board members to come to the meeting prepared, understand your expectations, and expect consistency from meeting to meeting.

Suggested Readings

Founders School || Startup Boards || How to Run a Board Meeting || Impact Guide (PDF).

Feld, Brad and Mahendra Ramsinghani. 2013. Startup Boards: Getting the Most Out of Your Board of Directors. New Jersey: John Wiley and Sons Inc. Chapter 8 “The Actual Board Meeting”.

Blumberg, Matt. 2013. Startup CEO: How to Build a Company to Success. New Jersey: John Wiley and Sons Inc. Chapter 34 “Board Meeting Materials”.

Blumberg, Matt. 2013. Startup CEO: How to Build a Company to Success. New Jersey: John Wiley and Sons Inc. Chapter 35 “Running Effective Board Meetings”.

Blumberg, Matt. 2013. Startup CEO: How to Build a Company to Success. New Jersey: John Wiley and Sons Inc. Chapter 37 “Decision Making and the Board”.

Jeff Bussgang. “Board Meetings vs. Bored Meetings.” Seeing Both Sides. Blog post, April 5, 2011.

See Brad’s “Checklist #1 – Preparing Your Board Package” in Startup Boards: Getting the Most Out of Your Board of Directors.

Establish a consistent board schedule for the year. Share it with them, so they can prepare their schedules.

Mock-up a board meeting itinerary: Make sure there is enough time in each board meeting for the topics you want to cover, as well as other needed breaks.

Questions for You

Have I established a consistent board meeting schedule?

How far in advance do I provide the board members with the information they need for the meeting?

What kind of topics do I make sure to cover first? Is this effective or the most efficient?

What expectations have I made clear to board members regarding attendance and engagement?

How do I manage the schedule of board meetings?

Do I follow up with my board members? What do I include in my follow-up?

Questions for Your Team

What is expected of me while preparing for a board meeting?

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