Democratizing the Founder Playbook: Getting the Most Out of Your Board of Directors — Blog #1 (Foreword & The CEO Overview)

Over the past twenty-plus years, the team at Sorenson has worked with dozens of phenomenal startup founders. One of the things we’ve noticed about the most effective company leaders is that they have the ability to leverage all available information, take advantage of subject matter experts at their disposal, and develop learnings to most effectively navigate rapidly changing markets in good times and bad.

One of the most effective mediums for gathering diverse perspectives on key business issues is board meetings. Great company leaders view board meetings as a focusing mechanism and periodic forcing function. And they use board meetings — including pre-meeting preparation — to learn from past behavior and decisions, identify the company’s most important strategic and operational initiatives, and focus and align internal teams and board members on a common agenda.

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