Having attended many charity board meetings I find myself astounded by what could be a lack of commitment from board members to attend.
Sure, many board members are volunteers and have other commitments, but isn’t their offer to assist a commitment to the cause?
Most board or other charity meetings I attend are either held after normal business hours, nights or weekend, which, yes does cut into people’s personal time, is there a better time for these meetings?
Today I’m off to a board meeting that I’ve suggested be held in the morning rather than the tail-end of the day. There’s a few reasons for this:
- People attending meetings at the end of the day may not have full focus on the meeting, they could be distracted from what has taken place during their day
- It’s a kick starter to everyone’s day, people attending will hopefully leave the meeting revved up for a productive day
- Tiredness, who has their full wits about them at the end of the day – most people want to get home and put their feet up, morning meetings could see a more energised meeting
- Staff attending the meeting will have the opportunity to (almost immediately) get started on things that may come out of the meeting
All up, I’m hoping that the attendance at the meeting will be higher than normal – I’m aiming for 80% attendance, the last board meeting held at night that I attended had less than 50% attendance.
When do you hold your board meetings?
What is the attendance like?
Have you ‘canvassed’ board members for a more suitable time?