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

Posted by Paul Neefjes on Nov 20, 2018 9:02:00 AM

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 techniques, Meeting tips

9 tools to help you become a more effective board member

Posted by Paul Neefjes on Nov 6, 2018 9:02:00 AM

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: Productivity, Board members

How board secretaries can create an effective agenda for board meetings

Posted by Paul Neefjes on Oct 5, 2018 9:02:00 AM

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: Board secretary, Meeting techniques, Meeting tips

How NHS boards can make their operations more effective

Posted by Paul Neefjes on May 2, 2018 9:02:00 AM

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

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

The dangers of email every NHS board member should know about

Posted by Paul Neefjes on Apr 19, 2018 9:02:00 AM

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: Communication, NHS, Board members

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

Posted by Paul Neefjes on Mar 2, 2017 9:02:00 AM

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 Feb 22, 2017 9:02:00 AM

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, Customer experience (1)

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

Posted by Paul Neefjes on Feb 14, 2017 9:02:00 AM

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

Meetings are an expensive hobby. Here are three tips to save money.

Posted by Paul Neefjes on Feb 9, 2017 9:02:00 AM

Sailing, motorcycling, travelling and horseback riding are among some of the most expensive hobbies around, but meetings are another one. Having said that, they are not exactly everyone’s favourite pastime; yet we still do a lot of it – roughly 300 hours a year (per employee!). In fact, over a year, the Dutch spend 60 billion euros on meetings. But they can be handled smarter and less expensively. If you want to keep more time and money back for more pleasant activities – or your real hobby – try some of the following tips.

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Topics: Paperless meetings

Digital meetings in six steps

Posted by Paul Neefjes on Feb 2, 2017 9:02:00 AM

Are you often just too busy? Is it hard to keep up that balancing act? Well, you’re not the only one! At least not according to TNO’s health & safety survey Arbobalans 2016 published in December 2016. According to the survey, a lot of working people are overburdened by a combination of pressure of work and not enough autonomy. In healthcare and education, 25% of personnel are regularly balancing on the brink of burnout. Now that the economy is improving, it’s pretty obvious that pressure of work is increasing further in many organisations. So it’s time to work as effectively as possible. Too complicated? Not if you use the right tools! For example, have you ever considered digital meetings? They are faster to implement than you might think and will save you a lot of time.

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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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