Articles on Governance and Leadership in Purpose Driven Organisations.
10 Common Board Paper Problems & How to Fix Them
For board meetings to be impactful, directors need board papers that clearly communicate the right information in an actionable manner. Unfortunately, many board packs miss the mark on delivering materials that actually inform and empower directors. Below we delve into the 10 most frequent complaints directors have about board papers. We provide concrete examples of each issue, explain the resulting negative impacts, and offer suggested solutions to help you to improve your board packs.
Flying Minutes: Uses, Benefits and Risks of Circular Board Resolutions
Flying minutes, also called circular resolutions, allow board decisions outside regular meetings. This guide covers creating, distributing, and recording flying minutes using board software for timely governance.
Managing Conflicts of Interest in Non-Profits
Explore best practices on structuring board meetings and executive staff presence to balance transparency and oversight. From limiting attendees to sequencing agenda strategically and setting participation norms to optimise information flow while preserving board independence.
Crafting a Board Paper Policy for Effective Information Flow
A robust board paper policy will help you create better board packs and is essential for ensuring directors receive the right information at the right time to fulfil their duties. In this comprehensive article we aim to provides guidance on developing a board paper policy that will streamline your board papers and board reporting. Follow these tips to help you implement a board paper policy that meets your board’s needs.
Promoting Trust Through Transparency in Board Reporting
Discover how to use board reporting to build trust. Management should define needs, provide balanced insights, verify accuracy, meet deadlines, admit imperfections, reinforce expectations, and listen to feedback to elevate reporting quality.
Board Meeting Etiquette
Board meeting etiquette tips like arriving on time, limiting distractions, listening, and more enable productive governance. Directors should prepare thoroughly, share speaking time, disagree respectfully, reach consensus, and integrate practices from diverse cultures.
Who Should Control the Reporting of Information to the Board?
Boards must proactively control reporting rather than passively receive what management provides. Controlling information flow enables oversight, reduces bias, aligns with legal duties, allows setting expectations, and mitigates risks of inadequate reporting.
How to Provide the Information Your Board Needs for Effective Decisions
Learn how to empower board decisions through effective reporting - focus on strategic insights, provide relevant info concisely, verify quality data, structure logically, use visuals, emphasize analysis not just data, and solicit director feedback.