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Boardroom INSIDER for… JULY


Despite fresh COVID variants and intermittent lockdowns, businesses around the world are slowly, carefully reopening their facilities for business.  That includes their corporate boardrooms, though, as the lead article in the July issue of online monthly Boardroom INSIDER notes, global boards are wrestling with how to run “hybrid” board meetings.

Hybrid meetings combine directors who are still remote and online with members who come back into the boardroom.  But edging back into board meetings this way “may be even trickier than going all-virtual in early 2020,” writes BI editor and governance consultant Ralph Ward.  “Who decides which directors show up, and who can stay remote?”  If managers are pushing employees to return, how can they let their board members keep playing it safe?

Further, inside/outside hybrid board meetings can create a “two tier” board, with those still Zooming in feeling like second-class directors.  Ward details smart use of tech and extra care in meeting operations to create “a hybrid board meeting that actually improves upon the alternatives.”

Articles in the JULY issue include:

  • Hybrid board meetings – mastering the logistics (and challenges for the board chair).
  • How can we recruit younger board members (and make them effective)?
  • BI video series – Making your virtual board meetings succeed.
  • Q&A: What should our board “conflict of interest” policy say?

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Ralph Ward’s latest book, Board Seeker: Your Guidebook and Career Map into the Corporate Boardroom (Business Expert Press) gathers 20 years’ experience in board counseling and research to give “board wannabes” the steps and insights needed to craft a successful board search campaign.
— Here’s why you have more “board experience” than you think (and why your current resume hides it).
— How women can jump the career obstacles they face into the boardroom.
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