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How to win over your board of directors

Stephanie Overby | Aug. 24, 2017
A 15-minute board presentation can make or break a valuable project — not to mention a promising career. But there are steps CIOs can take to not only meet their board of director’s needs and expectations but win their lasting support and respect.

A board presentation is not a lecture, but a performance, adds Caldwell. “The CIO is on stage — and like any major stage production the preparation ahead of time is much greater than the stage performance itself. But that prep is what creates the value in the production.”

 

9. Be receptive

A good meeting with the board is not only about imparting valuable information, but gaining some. Be open to learning from the board through their questions before, during, or after a meeting,” says Bates. “They are typically CEOs and executives or retired executives from a variety of industries. They have their own networks and can provide intelligence that can be invaluable to you and your team.” The knowledge gained from board interactions can further inform and improve future presentations to the group.

 

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