Being a good Board isn’t just about what you do, but also about how you do it.  And trying to carry on as you did before the crisis isn’t going to work.  We’re not talking only about the virtual board meetings that are now normal and will remain so for at least a good few months yet.  It goes much further than that, and covers almost every aspect of how the Board is organised and operating.  Trying to carry on with the same meeting structures is likely to make life unnecessarily difficult for everyone.  And then there’s “the softer stuff” – the non-quantifiable matters, often people-related, that boards find tricky even when everybody’s in the same room.  Here we look at both aspects, highlighting good practices and things to avoid. 

We have also produced a handy checklist containing questions for managers preparing papers for boards working virtually: Download checklist