The board of directors is the body responsible for guiding your startup through the toughest phases of growth. They will then have to decide on strategies and approve plans that will guarantee success for the company. This is why effective and efficient board meetings are so important. To ensure this, it is essential that certain requirements are observed during the meeting.

The first requirement is that you should always inform attendees in advance of the meeting. While this will vary based on the size of your company Five to seven days is considered to be a reasonable amount of time. This gives attendees enough time to review the board’s agenda and attend the meeting in person or via video and engage in an efficient discussion.

It is important to set time limits for every item on the agenda for the board meeting. This will to keep the meeting focused on the most important issues on the table and ensure that everyone can contribute in a meaningful way. The agenda should include a list of documents that must be discussed or approved. This will give members a sense of confidence that the board has considered crucial aspects of the company’s development and is not rushing through the process.

It is best to not discuss irrelevant topics in board meetings, however it’s not always possible. To minimize this issue, encourage a culture of discussion where all opinions are considered. This can be achieved by incorporating tools like decision matrices in your board meetings.