Board meetings are of utmost importance, but let's face it, many CEOs dread them.
As a former operator, I remember how much collective time and stress went into preparing for these meetings. How would we explain an underperforming quarter? Yet, time and time again, I was amazed by what happened after the meetings: CEOs emerged purpose-driven, determined, and focused. It was never lost on me how deeply transformative bringing together this powerful group could be.
This 101 guide for early stage CEOs was born from our desire to make board meetings less stressful. It is a compiIation of learnings from nearly 40 CEOs, chairs, and directors including Balderton partners as we have collectively served as directors for 250+ tech companies, and attended thousands of board meetings.
The 101 guide to board meetings for early stage CEOsVIEW GUIDE
Good boards are unafraid of healthy debate and tackling uncomfortable conversations. They bring experience to the table and help navigate tough situations. But great boards go beyond business as usual and provide holistic and empathetic support for founders and CEOs.
A few additional high-level takeaways include:
This guide is just the beginning - there are many spin-off conversations to be had, such as delving into creating an ESG agenda, or building an inclusive board. I look forward to continuing the discussion.
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