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8 Steps to Choosing the Right Board Meeting Software (And Never Look Back)

Date: 2 October 2020

In 2009, the UK government adjusted the Companies Act 2006 with the Shareholder Rights Regulations 2009, allowing businesses to hold virtual board and shareholder meetings. The rule, section 360A of the Act, applies to all UK-incorporated companies, whether public or private. This goes beyond the remit of the EU directive that prompted the change, which only applies to companies whose shares are admitted to trading on a regulated market. Although the government introduced the law in 2009, the first virtual AGM of a company listed on the Main Market didn’t take place until 2016. Luxury fashion brand Jimmy Choo plc took the honours as the first to dip its toe into the virtual waters and the company’s registrars Equiniti reported that it had been a success with “much better attendance” than the previous year’s physical event.  Jimmy Choo chairman, Peter Harf, said: “We are very pleased with the outcome of […]

Overcoming a meeting slump: how to stay focused during board meetings

Date: 7 June 2020

Board members often experience loss of focus during meetings, which can affect decision-making, productivity and creative thinking. Three aspects that are generally vital during board meetings. Studies have shown that board members do not maintain constant levels of attention during meetings. A meeting slump is very common among board members. As a board member or Executive Director, you can play a key role in keeping the board engaged and focused on what’s important. But only if you maintain focus throughout the meetings yourself. This article provides board members and executives with some tips and tricks on how to stay focused during meetings and prevent them from entering a meeting slump. 1: Enter the meeting actively Even better than defeating a meeting slump, is preventing a meeting slump. One way to do this is doing something active right before the meeting. Physical activity helps you focus, because it arouses your brain. This doesn’t […]

What does Christmas dinner have in common with meetings?

Date: 22 December 2019

Are you ready for the holidays? The day after Christmas we will hold a dinner party, so we’ve been busy preparing for the last week.  I enjoy the holidays but it can get quite hectic.  Thus even at home I prefer to have a systematic approach. My wife planned the dinner already two weeks ago.  We ordered most of the necessities online and did some last minute shopping for a few perishables. It will be a busy day; we’ll start preparing at 2 o’clock. One dish needs to bake for three hours and for another we need to chop a huge pile of vegetables. Minimize prep time I convinced my wife to keep dessert simple this year: a chocolate crème brûlée. We’ll be wiped out at the end of such a busy day, but hope to have fond memories of an enjoyable evening.  I am still always amazed at how […]

Webinar – A showcase of the iBabs board portal

Date: 19 June 2019

We’re inviting you to a special webinar to show you exactly how the iBabs board portal works. Presenter Richard Sealey will walk through the special features, as well as talk about a very practical approach to implement a digital board portal. You’ll learn more about: A real life example of how to best introduce a new paperless board meeting solution to your board How to get even the most anti-digital users love and embrace a paperless solution A rundown of iBabs, our board portal solution The functionalities that made my former board say “why didn’t we have this before?” when they finally got to use iBabs And much more… P.S.: If you’re not entirely happy with your current solution, or you’re just starting the journey of going paperless, then I’d wholeheartedly recommend attending this webinar. This webinar will be presented by: Richard Sealey, UK Ireland & Nordics Sales Manager at iBabs […]

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 […]

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 […]