Summary of Running Board Meetings

How to Get the Most from Them

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Running Board Meetings book summary
When you have to come to order, check this guide to running board meetings, from the agenda to the annoying personalities.


7 Overall

8 Applicability

5 Innovation

7 Style


Author Patrick Dunne shows a rare ability to imbue a dry subject – running board meetings – with warmth and humor. The author clearly knows his topic, and walks you through the process of planning and running board meetings step by step. He covers the what, where, when, why and how, all in engaging prose, and then moves on to more subtle concerns, such as resolving conflicts and dealing with your board members' various personalities. His amusing anecdotes and charming real-life stories flesh out an otherwise pedestrian topic, though someone from the twenty-first century needs to slip him a note about using gender-neutral language. The volunteer nonprofit organization board chair might find good guidance here that would be a bit basic for an executive who has already exercised sufficient skill, stealth and strength to end up in charge of a corporate board. And yet even such an executive may appreciate this little primer. Given that, getAbstract recommends this entertaining text to all those who get to sit in the big chair at the head of the table, be it mahogany or not.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to run an effective board meeting, from planning an agenda to completing action items
  • How board meetings differ from country to country
  • How to manage the various personality types on your board


Why Hold Board Meetings?
Why do organizations have board meetings? A board convenes to provide an important forum for discussing strategy, to steer the organization and to meet certain regulatory standards. Your board may also engage in a "creative process." The board’s roles and purposes...
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About the Author

Patrick Dunne is group communications director at a European venture capital firm and a visiting professor at the Cranfield School of Management. He is the author of Director's Dilemma and he frequently speaks on boardroom issues.

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