BEC中级真题第5辑：Test 2-Part Three(1)
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Good afternoon, Donald. Your book. The Successful Board Meeting, will, I'm sure, soon be compulsory reading for directors. Please tell us first what you see as the chief role of the board meeting. Do people attending them really play the power games we see in TV dramas?
That can happen, of course. Certainly, people who don5t attend them are often cynical about board meetings. The tendency is to see them as a place where fat cats congratulate each other on their success. But that public perception is false they're actually far more frequently used as the place where new strategic ideas are discussed.
So what advice would you give a company wanting to make board meetings more successful? Is it just a matter of making sure the right people are on the board?
That's certainly important. As well as having someone who is skilled at chairing meetings effectively. But, I'm with a chairman I heard about the other day - he cancelled a board meeting because the papers weren't ready. It is no good inviting people to a meeting when they haven't got time to consider the issues in advance.
Then the meeting will be more effective, won't it?
That's right. It also saves time as the presenters at the meeting don't have to formally present the conclusions of their report and can instead focus on fielding any questions that arise. This means there'll be more time for the chair to lead a more productive discussion of any issues raised by the report in general.