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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: board secretary, Meeting tips, Meeting techniques

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 tips, Meeting techniques, board secretary

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

Posted by Paul Neefjes on 14 August, 2018

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 tips, Meeting techniques, Board members

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 trends, Meeting tips, Meeting techniques

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: NHS, Board members, Meeting tips, Meeting techniques

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, NHS, Communication

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

Help! There's a dinosaur in my meeting!

Posted by Paul Neefjes on 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.

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Topics: Paperless meetings

Valentine's Day: we love to hate... meetings

Posted by Paul Neefjes on 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?

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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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