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April 27, 2023

What Is the Role of an Ex-Officio Board Member?

  ‘Ex officio’ refers to a person who holds a particular position or office and is therefore entitled to certain duties or privileges without additional authorisation. There is generally some degree of confusion surrounding the ex officio meaning and role…

October 11, 2016

How to Write a Report to the Board of Directors

Even if you’ve never written a board report before, it’s easy enough to learn how to do it. If you need some assistance in writing a report, ask for a copy of a report that was submitted in the past and use it as a template. You don’t have to write the report alone. Ask…

June 28, 2016

What Constitutes a Quorum?

The Latin meaning of the word quorum is derived from a word that means who. Commercial and not-for-profit entities enjoy a multitude of benefits when they form a board of directors. The main reason for organisations to form a board is to pool the talents of individual directors to make the best overall decisions about…

April 5, 2016

Board Meeting Agenda Format and Template

It’s a rare meeting where the board of directors has enough time to accomplish everything that it needs to. Having an established and focused board meeting agenda helps the board maximise accuracy, efficiency and productivity.  Board meeting agendas include items for managing routine business and for tackling special projects.

March 22, 2016

Board of Directors vs. Management: What is the Difference?

While boards and management hold close ties to one another, their duties and responsibilities are distinctly different. Look to the definitions between a board and governance for the first clue as to the differences between them. A board is an organised group of people with the collective authority to control and foster an institution that is…

Board Portal Vendors
February 9, 2016

Comparing Board Portal Vendors? The 5 Questions to Avoid

Comparing different board portal vendors to ultimately make a selection is serious business. After all, the chosen board management software needs to support the always high-stakes, often confidential and sometimes controversial work of your organisation’s governing body…usually for many years to come. A thoughtful, rigorous board portal comparison is key to ensuring the selection of a board…

January 8, 2016

How to Take Minutes at a Board Meeting

Taking good meeting minutes at a board meeting is an important and fulfilling role. Board meeting minutes are more than a general account of board discussions; they serve as an official and legal record of the meeting of the board of directors. Minutes are used in a variety of ways including tracking progress, detailing future plans…

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