Comments On Inter-Meeting Director Communication

Brad Feld commented on my recent post about consensus-building on boards on Feld Thoughts.  One of the comments from a reader of Brad’s blog suggested that certain by-laws may restrict ad-hoc inter-director communication. 

I’m not aware of any by-laws that prohibit informal conversations among individual directors— and I don’t advocate ad-hoc board meetings.

My suggestion is that directors need to make the effort to have one-on-one conversations to calibrate where people stand on various issues where there is likely to be a range of opinions.

Many of the things that we can do to improve our performance as directors are relatively simple and straightforward– and they invoke applied common sense. They do require embracing some sort of process, however, and the three collaborative white papers I’ve written on this subject (  suggest various approaches to different cases.

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