Board relations 101

Effectively dealing with directors is critical — but it’s not something you learn in school
By Liz Bernier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/31/2014

Dealing with the board of directors is a critically important task for senior executives — yet there’s usually no formal training or preparation on how to do so effectively.

“The higher any executive rises within an organization, the more time he or she is going to spend interfacing with the board — whether that’s the CHRO, the CEO, the chief financial officer. Yet, amazingly, most people receive absolutely no training or guidance,” said Beverly Behan, New York-based president of Board Advisor, at a recent Strategic Capability Network event in Toronto.

“When you take an MBA or a law degree, nobody teaches you how to work with a board of directors. Most people learn that from watching their boss, and they pick up good and bad habits along the way.”