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A board secretary’s guide to increasing non-executive directors’ performance

Posted by Paul Neefjes on 23 May, 2019

Have you ever been in a board meeting and thought that at least one other person in the room shouldn’t be there?

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Topics: Meeting techniques, Meeting tips, Board members

'Ask a company secretary': Nicola Reynolds of Turn2Us

Posted by Paul Neefjes on 26 February, 2019

There's no better source of advice than an expert in the field.

With that philosophy in mind, we interviewed Nicola Reynolds, Board Secretary at Turn2Us, a national charity in the UK that provides financial support to help people who have fallen on hard times get back on track.

We talked about what she has learned during her time as a board secretary, how she handles some of the more challenging aspects of the job, and much more. 

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Webinar Recap: Moving to Digital Board Meetings

Posted by Paul Neefjes on 18 January, 2019

The decision to go from paper-based board meetings to using a digital board portal can be daunting. Deciding which provider to go with, getting everyone on board, training everyone up on how to use it and, essentially, changing your entire meeting culture. 

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Topics: Paperless meetings, Security, Board members, board secretary, board portal

A board secretary’s guide to writing effective board meeting minutes

Posted by Paul Neefjes on 20 November, 2018

Writing minutes for a board meeting is a deceptively difficult and time-consuming task. It is often undervalued, especially by executives.

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Topics: Meeting techniques, Meeting tips, board secretary

9 tools to help you become a more effective board member

Posted by Paul Neefjes on 06 November, 2018

Unlock your true productivity with these 9 tools

“Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else.” ~ Peter Drucker

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Topics: Board members, Productivity

How board secretaries can create an effective agenda for board meetings

Posted by Paul Neefjes on 05 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. 

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Topics: Meeting techniques, Meeting tips, board secretary

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

Posted by Paul Neefjes on 07 June, 2018

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.

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Topics: Meeting techniques, Meeting trends, Meeting tips

How NHS boards can make their operations more effective

Posted by Paul Neefjes on 02 May, 2018

Ask yourself: “How do you make sure your organisation is running effectively?

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Topics: Meeting techniques, Meeting tips, Board members, NHS

The dangers of email every NHS board member should know about

Posted by Paul Neefjes on 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.

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Topics: Board members, Communication, NHS

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

Posted by Paul Neefjes on 02 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.

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Topics: Paperless meetings

iBabs is a leader in paperless meetings and enables you to reduce these piles of documents to the thickness of your tablet. Hundreds of organizations have been using this system for more than 15 years.

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