As Boards are moving into multiple dimensions as community leaders, social influencers and virtual educators/commentators, so the breadth of their role, awareness and mindset is expanding. For many reasons, the quality of Board discussions has become of central importance.
A Flow of Meaning
There is an art and skill to dialogue, rarely seen traditionally in the boardroom. Dialogue is not the same as discussion, conversation or debate. The term dialogue comes from the Greek, dia*logos, a flow of meaning.
As a board member you all have expertise in your own field, such as Strategy, Finance, Law, Risk, People, Innovation, and need to contribute from that platform. However, your speciality can put you in a box. Every board member must contribute across all domains as well, remaining present and meaningfully involved.
Now we are in an era of increasing director visibility and accountability, the exchange of meaning through dialogue inside and outside the boardroom is becoming an essential skill. That is why mastering the skill of dialogue is powerful now for board directors.
“Words are the primary tool of every leader. So much depends on
the words we use,
the ways we speak, and
the conversations we foster amongst others.
Foolish words bring ruin.
Words of value build people of value.”
The skills of dialogue can be learned over time. The art of dialogue, as with any art, comes with practice and awareness. Infinitely more dynamic and innovative than a transactional discourse, dialogue increases productivity and resiliance.
Summoning Board Genius
Genius is found in the spirit of a place, according to the original meaning of the word. No matter where meetings are held, the board itself is an entity and forms its own sense of place. Consciously or unconsciously every board creates a unique place when it meets. Place has its own nature and quality not replicated anywhere else. It is made up of people, stories, context, history and relationship – a past, present and future.
We assist you to hold board dialogues and develop the genius of your board.
Many interactions occur in the board with much talk of strategy, risk, functions and problem solving, but true board conversations are rare. This is not talking about strengths and weaknesses or politics, nor usual board agenda. It is a living conversation about the core purpose of the company, the lifeblood of board itself and therefore the wholehearted purpose and roles of individual members.