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Improving Your Board’s Productivity and Performance with Neuroscience

By Belinda Cohen, 14 October 2014 

Productive meetings are central to board effectiveness and Director satisfaction. Productivity in a board context is not just about efficiency. It should also be demonstrated through the value add the board delivers.

High-performing boards know that unproductive meetings waste time and money and can adversely impact decision-making. In the non-profit sector, unproductive meetings can drain already limited resources. Common actions boards apply to improve productivity in the boardroom include: streamlining agendas, delegating to committees, prioritising issues and modifying board packs (to name a few). However, even with the best time management strategies, productivity of the board can falter. As we learn more about human behaviour through our increased understanding of the brain, the reasons for these drops in productivity become more apparent.

Here are five principles from neuroscience that provide us with insight into ways in which boards may be inadvertently hindering their productivity and performance… CLICK HERE FOR FULL ARTICLE & REFERENCES

This article was supplied by Better Boards. Better Boards connects great ideas and great people in order to transform non-profit organisations. Stronger leaders and leadership teams create a stronger sector.

About the Author – Belinda Cohen

Belinda Cohen is a former lawyer and manager who provides coaching and consulting services across a range of sectors. Belinda works with boards to improve their performance and decision-making through analysis of boardroom behaviours and dynamics. Belinda is co-author of the forthcoming book ‘Shift: Making the change that matters’, a leader’s guide for developing performance at work.