This is a quick read but the author makes some fundamental governance points.
They appointed buddies for the three appointees – how often do we do that as a way of bringing new appointees, young or not, up to speed quickly?
They made the board papers accessible – he doesn’t describe what they did in this respect but some of software packages certainly make accessing board papers feel like we’re a modern organisation.
The appointees gave rise to more in-depth discussion about diversity. One board I am on has recently elected a young woman – what a breath of fresh air!
The appointees brought a challenge to review the vision and broaden it.
Appointing younger board members broadcast a powerful message to young people.
From my experience, it’s well worth bringing younger people ( I class anyone between 25 and 35 as young) into the boardroom. They just know stuff that some of us haven’t encountered or that we’ve forgotten.
Try the website appointbetterboards.co.nz if you want to get someone younger onto your board.