Comfortably Numb? Death by Board Meeting

When I was a child I caught a fleeting glimpse,
Out of the corner of my eye.
I turned to look but it was gone.
I cannot put my finger on it now.
The child is grown, the dream is gone.
I have become comfortably numb.

Pink Floyd, Comfortably Numb, The Wall, 1979


In VentureBeat today, Nick Sturiale of Sevin Rosen writes an important editorial on ineffective board meetings.

"Death by Board Meeting" makes several important points about how to optimize board meetings– the core link between all of them is the need for thoughtful process to be in place in order to make the board meeting valuable for all participants.

Defaulting to board meetings that emphasize form over substance– allowing directors to  arrive unprepared and CEOs to emphasize operational reports as opposed to engaging in strategic discussions– points to a deeper problem of failed communication.

If your board meeting turns into a waste of time, it is incumbent on both the management and the VCs to proactively change this dynamic.  Unfortunately the substance of this excellent editorial is unlikely to be a surprise to many VC company boards that are driven by inertia.  The question is, will they notice and do something about it?

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