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9 tools to help you become a more effective board member

Date: 6 November 2018

Unlock your true productivity with these 9 tools “Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else.” ~ Peter Drucker As a board member, you have the responsibility to keep the organisation on the road to success. But that doesn’t mean trying to squeeze more hours in a day to get there. On the contrary. Management quality has been shown to improve dramatically when its leaders are grounded and balanced, instead of overworked and constantly overwhelmed. A good board member is one that: Focuses on results Keeps the big picture in mind Makes the best use of their time Luckily, with the right technology and services to support you, you won’t get bogged down and overwhelmed by the minutiae of the day. We’ve handpicked 9 solutions to help you streamline and simplify your workflow and help solve the problems that may be affecting your productivity. So without further ado, here are the […]

How board secretaries can create an effective agenda for board meetings

Date: 5 October 2018

An agenda is the backbone of any board meeting. It sets the tone, helps prevent board members from getting distracted or off-track and contributes to an effective board meeting. At least, that’s if you have a great board meeting agenda.  But a lot of board meetings take place with a not so great agenda. The result? Long meetings, that often go off-track and are nothing close to productive. As a board secretary, you have the responsibility to create an agenda for your board’s meetings that facilitates efficiency. This guide is here to help you. 1: Make the objective clear Every meeting should achieve the objective(s) for which the meeting was set up in the first place. Without an objective, the meeting would be unnecessary, right? Clear objectives set clear expectations. This is why you should explain the objectives of the meeting in the agenda. In this way, all the present […]

How NHS boards can make their operations more effective

Date: 2 May 2018

Ask yourself: “How do you make sure your organisation is running effectively? To deliver the best healthcare, every part of the organisation needs to run smoothly. And that starts with a healthy board. Your board sets the direction, it makes the important decisions and it keeps the interest of everyone aligned. So when your board is running effectively, it sets the tone and the effectiveness will trickle down to the rest of the organisation. An effective board Being effective means focusing on doing the right things, instead of doing things right. And especially because most boards don’t have that much time together, being effective is infinitely more important than anything else. So in that limited amount of time, the question becomes about how we can… … increase the quality of the decisions you make during board meetings. … avoid distractions from things that seem more urgent but are less important. … […]

The dangers of email every NHS board member should know about

Date: 19 April 2018

A lot of internal communication across board members within NHS organisations happens through email. A medium that has been around for decades. Everyone knows how it works and safety is guaranteed, right? But is email as secure as we think it is? In this article you will learn what the possible dangers of email are and how to protect your board from these threats. NHS reliance on email communications According to Daniel Reynolds, director of communications at NHS Providers, the NHS is too reliant on email for communications. This is worrying, especially because recent cases like the WannaCry attack and other ransomware attacks last year, show that NHS organisations are still very vulnerable to cyberattacks. There have been recent cases of NHS organisations having their complete email network shut down, missing conference calls because details were only send through email. However, a lot of us do not care about the safety of our email […]

City council meetings: Let’s vote – pencil or tablet?

Date: 2 March 2017

Today, mobile technology is a truly integral part of our world. The number of devices may not be growing as explosively as it used to, but nevertheless, a recent study in The Netherlands puts tablet ownership at 67% of the population, with smartphone ownership even higher, at no less than 83%. Obviously, so many people owning, carrying and using mobile devices is driving change and introducing new, interesting options at many levels of our society, including decision-making processes in local government. Three advantages of digital meetings Some of us still remember phones as bulky items with a separate mouthpiece and power cords attached. When we needed information for the school essays we had to write, we went to our city libraries. To younger generations, this sounds like something from prehistoric times. Not having their mobile phones right at hand everywhere they go, is inconceivable to them. Not being connected, any […]

Help! There’s a dinosaur in my meeting!

Date: 22 February 2017

Most meetings generally start off more or less disciplined. But… once the discussion gets going, it can bring out the animals in us. And although mankind has been evolving for many a year, our colleagues’ true nature is often unleashed in the heat of the moment. And that can be pretty tricky. An earlier blog already discussed King Kong; the colleague who presents his monologue from the ape rock and who won’t take no for an answer. If you recognise this type, you’ll know how to cope with this colleague. The same applies to the following meeting types. Help! A dinosaur Did you really think that dinosaurs were extinct? Just wait until you enjoy a meeting with this colleague, who’s seen it all and is not open to suggestions. Bingo, the dino just came back to life! He’ll bombard you with proposals, out of fear of change. The favourite dino […]

Valentine’s Day: we love to hate… meetings

Date: 14 February 2017

14 February, the day of love. Can you not wait to see what your (secret) love has in store for you? Or do you hate the commercial cloud hanging above the day and therefore consciously shun all romantic thoughts? Valentine’s Day: you love it or you hate it. Generally speaking, the same cannot be said for meetings. At least, I cannot recall anyone who actually loves meetings. Do you? And sometimes we simply enjoy the chance to have a moan. We love to hate! Don’t we? But… How can we find a way to start loving meetings again? Everlasting meetings which never seem to come to an end. A formal exercise on the agenda which you obediently attend each week, though by now you spend most of the time staring out of the window, bored. The same point on the agenda again. The same chaos because people cannot find the […]

Meetings are an expensive hobby. Here are three tips to save money.

Date: 9 February 2017

Sailing, motorcycling, travelling and horseback riding are among some of the most expensive hobbies around, but meetings are another one. Having said that, they are not exactly everyone’s favourite pastime; yet we still do a lot of it – roughly 300 hours a year (per employee!). In fact, over a year, the Dutch spend 60 billion euros on meetings. But they can be handled smarter and less expensively. If you want to keep more time and money back for more pleasant activities – or your real hobby – try some of the following tips. Tip 1: save on printing and copying expenses Still printing out all your meeting documents? If so, you know that you get through mountains of paper in a year. And because you print out your meeting documents, you also incur the considerable cost of buying ink and toners. And on top of that is the price […]