Even during the best of times, the future is always uncertain. That’s even more apparent right after several recent periods of disruption: pandemics, recessions and supply chain issues. In the past, boards and board formation may not have meant much to company leadership, but today, a well-designed board with the right collection of skills and experience can get a company through a crisis and significantly impact its success.
Additionally, engagement in the workplace has never been more urgent, and this is just as true for boards. More-engaged teams are more resilient and able to withstand bigger challenges. A Gallup meta-analysis found the most-engaged teams were 21% more productive than the least-engaged ones. Diversity—in race, gender, age and socioeconomic background—benefits any team, including a board, but engagement is what makes those diverse board members the most effective.
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The value of board members from outside your industry cannot be understated – here’s why.
ew individuals are experts in everything. Even the cumulative expertise in most businesses could use input from more experts in diverse areas. This is why we have boards — a panel of experts in areas that fill in the gaps in our existing company knowledge base.
But even once we find the right group of experts from our industry to take a seat on our board, we would still stand to benefit from the wisdom of more diverse perspectives and experiences. Their range of successes and failures becomes additional resources to put together more tried and tested strategies in the face of new challenges.
Outside board members can bring a lot to a company, but to find the right ones for the job, we need to know what to look for:
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