Tips for Effective Virtual Meetings

By |2020-04-21T20:27:17-04:00April 21st, 2020|

Boards of Directors may find that they need to conduct a board meeting by phone or using some variation of video conferencing technology. As you consider how to make these virtual meetings as effective and enjoyable as possible, you can build on the same good practices that make for productive face-to-face meetings. You can find some good guidance in A Recipe for Good Board [...]

Deliberative Improvements: Facilitation Techniques for Meeting Success

By |2019-09-09T16:11:22-04:00January 30th, 2019|

From a director’s perspective, what are the core ingredients of a great board meeting? Starting and ending on time probably top the list for most people, followed closely by everybody arriving prepared to do work that’s worth doing. A bit of dinner or at least a communal bar or two of chocolate, shared in a comfortable and welcoming space, can also be a make-or-break [...]

Are you getting the most out of your management team meetings?

By |2019-09-10T00:41:46-04:00March 25th, 2015|

Look around your management team meeting. Is everyone engaged in the conversation? Or are they looking at their phones as the meeting winds its way through a parade of topics or check-ins? We invest payroll and time in these meetings, so let’s make sure that we leverage that investment into a valuable and productive use of time. It’s good for the organization and for [...]

Better Meetings!

By |2019-09-10T00:59:09-04:00December 19th, 2014|

  We all spend a lot of time in meetings, but not all meetings are an effective use of our time. Here are nine simple steps to make your meetings more effective and worth the time.   Meeting Purpose. Why is this a group meeting? If it’s a standing group meeting, such as a bi-weekly management team meeting, articulate the group’s purpose clearly to [...]

Great Idea: Hire a Professional Facilitator

By |2019-09-09T18:58:41-04:00April 2nd, 2014|

Realistically the board president can’t do everything. No matter how strong someone is at the role, having a hired facilitator may give board chairs the opportunity to lead with their strengths and address different governance needs. More boards are finding that hiring a trained facilitator has also helped make their meetings run smoother. A win-win for everyone. At Abundance Cooperative Market in Rochester, New [...]

How strong is your leadership team?

By |2019-09-10T20:31:24-04:00July 22nd, 2013|

Empowering your department heads and helping them work together results in happier, more supported employees overall. In any business, the leadership team creates the support network for accomplishing day-to-day tasks. This frees leaders to create and communicate the business vision, interact with the larger community and plan for the future. However, just because a group is labeled as a "team" doesn't mean it will [...]

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