Saturday, May 14, 2016

Board (or Bored) Minutes

I doubt if the minutes of yesterday's board meeting will include:

  1. Specific identification of when board members began to beat a topic to death.
  2. A detailed list of the asides and rambling that consumed at least 20% of the meeting.
  3. Disclosure of important information that was not mentioned.
  4. A designation of which topics are rabbit holes.
  5. The number of times board members fantasized or took mental trips to Tahiti.


Daniel Richwine said...

Nothing has ever commanded my respect more than someone's ability to run a good meeting. I'll never forget the first time I participated in a well run one. A VP named Keith kept things running, on topic, and when a tangent threatened to take over the meeting he calmly scheduled a side meeting to flesh it out without occupying the rest of the group.

I didn't even know such a thing was possible. I've tried to emulate his style ever since.

Michael Wade said...


A well-run meeting is a thing of beauty.