Few things are as important for the success of an organization as good relations between members of a board, and between the board, management and CEO. Good relationships can foster wise strategic decisions and productivity, but if relationships fracture the distraction and fallout can inhibit company performance.
While there are many reasons why boards become dysfunctional, the root problem often comes down to soured relationships between directors, officers, and the CEO. So how can directors build better internal and external chemistry and ensure good board performance?
Miscommunication meddles with trust
In most cases, good relations between board members and other parts of the governance structure is simply a matter of communication. The majority of directors have the best interests of their organization at heart, and genuinely want to work productively with other members of the leadership team to ensure the best results. When relationships break down, it is almost always because people have misunderstood each other: either the board or the executive feels they have been left out of the loop; that information shared came too late or was incomplete.
Provide same-time access to full information
One of the best things organizations concerned about building a more harmonious and productive culture among their board members and executive can do is adopt communication tools like board meeting software that ensure all members of the leadership team experience same-time, transparent communication that keeps them on the same page.
Software like Aprio creates a secure digital space where board members can share and access all the information related to the board’s business, making communications between directors generally more efficient while also increasing productivity.
When trying to create a more functional board, a few basic principles should be adhered to:
All of these principles are fundamentally about good communications, and there are several key ways in which board management software can help boards enact them:
For board members to collaborate effectively they need to trust each other, and to trust each other, they need to establish protocols for open, ongoing communication. Get in touch today to find out how Aprio can help your board develop better communications practices.