Galvin and Associates

Schedule executive sessions



An executive session during a board meeting is a closed discussion of just the board members. Some recommend this at the beginning of each board meeting, some at the end, and some at both beginning and end. Adding a regular executive session to every board meeting allows the board to speak freely without the organizational leader present and prevents the organizational leader from getting nervous. If a board does not make this a regular practice, then asks the organizational leader to be excused for an executive session, the leader may worry needlessly. Also, this reduces the need board members feel for a “meeting before the meeting” or a “parking lot meeting” afterwards. A board should hold an executive session every time they meet, whether they feel the need for it or not.

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