Demands on governing boards are increasing, along with pressure to discuss more during board meetings. Many of these items for discussion seem to have little relevance or consequence. This agenda overload typically results in boards dealing only superficially with even those matters that are central to their responsibility to direct and control the organisations they are responsible for.
Most boards need to make a specific effort to ensure that less pressing, but nevertheless important, matters are prioritised and scheduled so they do not get ‘crowded out’. This is where the preparation of an 'Annual Work Plan' can help.