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A well-planned and strategic agenda for your board sets the tone for your meetings. It helps ensure that your board members are involved in generative discussions and productive decision-making. It also allows for the sharing of fresh insights and perspectives. However, the secret to a winning board agenda is much more than just drafting an agenda of the topics you want to discuss for your meeting. It takes a certain amount art, skill, discipline.

When designing your strategic agenda for the board ensure that you set time limits for each item. This will stop meetings from running over time and ensure that crucial issues are given proper attention. Prioritizing and balancing strategic long-term projects with reports and business that are older is also essential. It’s best to prioritize the strategic discussion and put the reports until the end of the agenda, so that your board can focus on the most important issues for the company.

You might consider bringing in an independent facilitator or board member to help with the strategic planning. This person can provide an alternative perspective to the discussion, and guide your board to take an approach that is more strategic in making decisions.

Before your next strategic board meeting you should distribute the agenda as well as any relevant documents to board members before the meeting. This allows them to read the materials in advance and prepare ideas for the meeting.

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