LESSON 2 OF 40 - Ask the Gold Standard Question
A “Pruning Moment” Can Improve Your Board Meetings
MY FAVORITE INSIGHTS from Lesson 2, pages 6-9:
• The authors’ favorite engagement question: What causes you to reflect, “That was a great board meeting today!”?
• “Imagine if your board had frequent moments characterized by deep joy, strategic issues, spiritual insight and waiting for God to speak?”
• Stop doing the things that don’t engage your board. Henry Cloud says “If we own it, we have to prune. If we don’t, we have decided to own the other vision, the one we called average.”
MY COLOR COMMENTARY:
Several years ago, we noticed we were having a difficult time getting board members to attend committee meetings. Don’t get me wrong. We had a great board—they just weren’t coming and had great “reasons” why they couldn’t. Through some anonymous surveys of the board, we learned that they felt they weren’t contributing at the meetings. They were coming just to hear reports and vote yes (or unlikely no).
The only meeting that was well attended was the Strategy Committee, because that is where they could contribute and they felt valued. So we changed our committee and board agenda to be more issue-based. Rather than reading a report, we presented issues we were facing, ups and downs, and challenges. The end result—the board is more engaged and attendance is up!
THIS WEEK’S QUOTES & COMMENTARY BY TIM McDERMOTT:
• In addition to the board, ask my senior leaders how we can prune our staff meetings.
• Follow up with board members individually to make sure their voices are being heard.
• Ask other CEOs if they have learned successful ways to better engage their boards.
On Dec. 6, 2017, watch for Kim Triller’s color commentary on Lesson 3, “Assess Your Boardroom Demeanor and Engagement. Does anyone need to make amends?”
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