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Promoting Friction in the Boardroom

July 28, 2021 7:30 am

By Donya Parrish, MCU VP- Risk Management

Do you come away from your board meetings wishing other board members had spoken up more? Is there a lack of robust discussion when big changes are planned and discussed? Kevin Smith with TEAM Resources does an excellent job in his blog Positive Friction in the Boardroom laying out why not everyone should be in agreement in discussions. He also talks about some personality reasons for certain board members to seem more or less engaged and how to actively work to include all opinions.

He goes on to say, “There’s a lot to be said for decorum in meetings, but they can become overly deferential, where politeness, and not being willing to step on anyone’s toes (or feelings) gets in the way of generative group work.” If you are looking to have a more engaged board with deeper discussions, this read might be a place to start. The other resources he notes are equally engaging and worth your time.

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