June 23, 2017
Aubrey Blanche: Interrupting Bias in Your Career
Enjoy this awesome talk from Aubrey Blanche focused on the kinds of bias women may experience in the workplace, as well as actionable strate...
On Feb. 4th Heavybit Advisor Javier Soltero gave a talk on Board Room Process. The talk was so well received that we’ve invited him to offer a few words of wisdom for other entrepreneurs running their first board meeting.
I’ve been in a lot of board meetings, and I’ve seen it all. There are several blog posts and resources out there for running a good board meeting, but in my experience it comes down to three basic rules:
1. Always Wear a Blazer
Even if you’re the only one wearing it. Why? Because it may be just enough of a break from your normal routine to help you set a more serious, focused tone for the meeting.
2. Never Do Board Meetings on Fridays
In the unlikely event that you have a lingering issue after a board meeting, you don’t want that hanging over your team heads over the weekend. You need the ability to follow up with everyone (board members & execs) and clarify/rectify anything that came out of the meeting.
3. Always Meet in Your Offices
Board members need to see the company in action, get a sense for the culture, and get to know the faces of the people who are working their ass off to make the company a success. Meeting offsite prevents this, and also takes you away from your home turf.
That’s it. Follow these simple rules and you’re on your way to a healthy board.
– Javier Soltero