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How to Get Your Board of Directors on the Same Page

Directors at board meetings share their different perspectives and discuss various ideas to come to an agreement. These may include corporate policies, management decisions and even how to respond to emergencies. But achieving consensus isn’t as easy as it looks. It’s almost impossible to make major decisions without the support of your board, and getting everyone on the same page can be a daunting task.

The first step is to establish a framework that will ensure that each meeting yields the highest quality of results. That includes sending out materials for meetings at least a week before the meeting so that attendees have time to read and understand the materials. Additionally some boards have the practice of holding an internal meeting prior to the actual board meeting, where they discuss the agenda items before the actual meeting.

The next step is to ensure that the meeting’s objectives are clearly defined. This helps keep the discussion focused and stimulate discussion, while ensuring that the board’s decision making processes are transparent.

Also, encourage participation by requesting feedback at the end of each meeting. This will help you discover and address any issues that arise with the way your board works and help them stay on the right track to achieve their goals. Ideally, this should be done via surveys, anonymous polls, or through facilitated discussions.

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