The agenda for your strategic board is the framework for executing productive meetings that enable your board to accomplish its intended purpose. It’s not the only thing you need to take into consideration – you should also ensure that your board members are part of an efficient discussion that helps them to make informed choices.

Be it a conversation about board performance, a presentation of the latest program or an deep analysis of an operational problem, the right agenda provides the pathway for effective collaboration that will contribute to your organization’s growth. In this article, you’ll find out how to create an agenda that is strategic and supports the effectiveness of your board while avoiding unnecessary operational detail.

While there is no one-size-fits-all plan for agendas for boards the best practice is that you prioritize issues based on strategic goals and keep reports and old business until the conclusion of the meeting. The board can also be helped by preparing an outline of goals and desired outcomes before the strategy day. This will help focus their attention and reduce the length of meetings.

In the same way, scheduling two annual retreats instead of one can allow for a more thorough discussion. It can also be helpful to include external industry experts in the agenda to stimulate discussion and promote a higher understanding of strategic thinking by directors. It is crucial to clearly communicate the meeting procedures and requirements including the procedure for voting and decision-making to your board prior the meeting day to ensure that they are well prepared.

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