While any CEO can build a board of directors, ensuring that a board is a high-performance team capable of providing the strategic and operational support companies need to succeed is no small feat. 

It takes considerable focus to find the right types of board members, set clear expectations, demand full accountability, and even run successful board meetings.

Building a High-Impact Board of Directors: A Guide for Expansion-Stage CEOs is written for CEOs of early stage and expansion-stage, high-growth technology companies who lack significant experience creating and overseeing boards or who find their existing boards to be suboptimal or dysfunctional. It is designed to help them:

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  • Understand the value that an effective board of directors can provide
  • Assess whether or not it is time to change your current board
  • Recruit and assemble a high-performance team
  • Establish a clear management rhythm to engage your board effectively

In addition to sharing our own views, we have supplemented our insights with the results of a recent OpenView survey of more than 80 board members and CEOs at companies just like yours. The results of that survey are shared throughout this eBook as well as a variety of best practices that OpenView has gathered working with more than 2o portfolio companies across the country.

To find out more, download your free copy.

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  • jeff

    Is it just me or my computer or did you forget ‘the download button on the right-hand side of this page’?

    • http://blog.openviewpartners.com/author/megan-mcneill/ Megan McNeill

      Hi Jeff – sorry for any confusion. On the righthand side, there should be a box for you to enter your email address and “Download.” It should then take you to the PDF – it does for me. You don’t seem to be the only one having issues though, so we’ll look into it. In the meantime, do you have pop-ups enabled on your browser? It might be blocking the download.

    • http://www.kevinleary.net/ Kevin Leary

      Hey Jeff,

      It should be there. Would you mind telling me what browser you’re using?

      I’ll look into it for you. In the mean time, feel free to download the Ebook directly here:

      http://labs.openviewpartners.com/files/2013/03/Building-a-High-Impact-Board-of-Directors-FINAL.pdf

  • FK

    Unable to download. Clicking the button asks for email address and email address, then clicking button will throw an error “you’re already signed up.”

    • http://blog.openviewpartners.com/author/megan-mcneill/ Megan McNeill

      That’s strange, sorry for any confusion. We’ll look into the issue, but I just tried it and while I got that same message, it still took me to the PDF. Do you have pop-ups enabled in your browser?

    • http://www.kevinleary.net/ Kevin Leary

      Hi FK,

      If you’ve already signed up, you should be redirected to the book immediately after that error message appears. What browser are you currently using? We’ll look into it for you. In the mean time, feel free to download the book directly here:

      http://labs.openviewpartners.com/files/2013/03/Building-a-High-Impact-Board-of-Directors-FINAL.pdf

  • http://smarterer.com/ScottSullivan Scott Sullivan

    Pretty good. There were several details/aspects that I had not considered and have not seen anywhere else. One section I found particularly insightful was: the importance of the board dinner. I totally agree with your philosophy for laying foundation and promoting a healthy, powerful, and functional group.

    One point I would like to differ on; or rather offer a small semantic change that I think has a drastic impact. In the section discussing “What to do before a board meeting”; I want to pick on the word/phrase “setting goals” and change that to “testing a hypothesis”. It is completely acceptable for a hypothesis to be flat-out-dead wrong. You study the results, learn from its insights, and take a new aim upon a modified or totally different hypothesis to test between now and the next board meeting.

    From time to time we will fail to reach our goals. When it does happen the subsequent review, self-reflection, and new plan-of-attack… that whole “mind-set” is completely different than the mind set of “understanding what can be learned from a hypothesis proven false”.

    You set a goal to test a hypothesis between each board meeting; while your hypothesis to test are green-button vs. red button affect conversions; how user experience influences adoption, or how application architecture affects performance. You climb over dead bodies to meet your goals. You expect, and even rejoice in, a hypothesis being unequivocally disproved. Now you know exactly what *NOT* to do and making forming a new hypothesis is a bit more obvious.