Voici un résumé des recommandations présentées par Kaye O’Leary dans innovationexcellence.com pour éviter de surcharger les membres de conseils d’administration.
Practical tips from board members on how to avoid wearing-out your directors!
« The challenge: It’s no secret that there are an increasing number of demands on boards. Directors are expected to keep abreast of the organization’s business model, performance, strategic challenges and risk environment, understand the industry, understand the legislative environment, be knowledgeable of and ensure compliance with regulatory and reporting requirements and changes, evaluate the CEO and board’s performance, has a compliant and effective compensation program, be current on applicable accounting rules and ensure that the organization has a solid succession plan and effective culture.
Tip 1: Don’t waste precious meeting time presenting information that was distributed in the board materials
Effective Board Suggestion: Skip the presentations of the information that was distributed and move directly to questions on the material distributed. (PS – make sure you get your materials out well in advance of the meeting! Do not distribute materials on a Friday afternoon for a Tuesday board meeting; board members do not enjoy spending their weekend reading board materials.)
Tip 2: Utilize Committees Effectively
Effective Board Suggestion: Rely on your committees and avoid repeating the committee work with the full board.
Tip 3: Annually Assess the Work of the Board
Effective Board Suggestion: As part of your annual board assessment process, take the time to review how the board spends its time vs. the organization’s strategic priorities. Is your board focused on your strategic priorities? Do you have special purpose committees that are no longer relevant? Are there things your board can stop doing? Review the materials you are sending out in your board book. If you send it, you are obliging your board members to read the material; don’t send 60 pages of financial information if 15 pages will suffice ».