I wrote this article for Xconomy, which published it on November 15, 2011.
Technology companies’ boards of directors need better leadership. I made a case last month about reinventing the board of directors by treating the board as a team and doing annual assessments against company needs. Boards that are structurally more aligned with their company’s operations are better able to help them achieve success-or at least reduce the board’s contribution to company failure. That said, it’s hard for a CEO to do this alone. Even with a well-organized board, a lot of board meetings also are under-effective, ineffective, or worse, really stink.
Enter the effective chairperson.
The non-executive chair of the board has three responsibilities:
1. Set the board agenda for each meeting;
2. Run the board meeting; and
3. Manage board terms and help recruit new members.
And here is a brief on-line presentation highlighting the role of the chair and dynamics with the CEO.