This a ‘chatty’ sort of article by Joan Garry but it really nails the key reasons why an annual board meeting agenda is so valuable plus it includes a couple of excellent diagrams showing what an annual agenda might look like.
Here’s the concept. If you agree with the premise that there is a cyclical nature to the board meeting topics each year, then what you need is a visual that gives leaders of the organization a sense of where each board meeting fits into the larger context of the year.
I wanted to be sure that I used board members’ time well. It didn’t matter if I thought they were rock stars or if I wished they’d consider joining a different board. They were all volunteers and I had an obligation to respect their time. I always tried to think a few board meetings ahead.