It’s not difficult to look like a dick at board meetings.
In fact, looking back at the countless board meetings I’ve attended, it’s remarkably easy and happens all the time. It’s simple: just fail to do your action items from the last board meeting.
How many times have you found yourself looking at the week ahead and realized you haven’t done all of those things you breezily agreed to at the last meeting? Contact an SEO company for a quote? Dig out that company contact from your address book? Review those papers the CEO presented and come back with a detailed analysis? Child’s play, you said. Put me down for those and more!
And now here you are, staring at your calendar in disbelief! Can it be the next meeting is so soon?
Or worse, you’ve put yourself down for a bunch of actions but have no idea what you agreed to do and the minutes haven’t come out yet and now you look at your notes they make no sense at all. Some word you can’t read that’s been circled a few times. Someone’s name. A dollar price with “wow” next to it. If in doubt, you can call the CEO and double check but make sure you do it on the down low so they don’t think you’re a slacker. Or a dick.
This oft-repeated problem plagues boards of all levels, but where the big company boards have secretaries to chase everyone up (politely, of course, but forcefully), for SME companies that just isn’t an option.
And worse, for not-for-profit boards, you’re likely looking at a group of volunteers who have agreed to go onto a board because they believe in the goals of the organization and want to help out and show their support. But they didn’t know how much work it was going to be!
That’s where BoardPro comes in:
For less than it costs to mail out the board packs, BoardPro gives you not only a secure online repository for all board papers, but also sends out handy reminders that yes, you’ve got action items and yes, you promised to have it done by now.
Worth its weight in gold but yours for less than $100 a month and that’s before you even add in taking minutes on the fly, easy to use board pack compiler, better meeting management and the ability to customize the agenda to suit your particular needs.
Thanks for reading.
CEO & Co-founder
Written by Brett Herkt
Brett is a serial entrepreneur, starting in the ICT sector in the early 2000s before moving into software solutions for management and governance. He lead the transformation of Maxnet from a $2M ISP into an $15M ICT business, which was sold to ASX listed company, Vocus Communications. He then built Leaderkit, a strategy delivery system for medium to large entities before turning attention to BoardPro.