THE Benefits Of An Advisory Board And Meetings | How To | DO’S AND DON’TS

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DO’S: WHAT Is An Advisory Board GOOD For Anyway!?

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Well, the name itself explains it, isn’t it!? It is a board with people WHO were chosen to give advice and THEIR experience, their professional knowledge to persons which degrees and diplomas might even be higher, BUT WHO don’t have these competencies as the members of the Advisory Board have! THE Advisory Board might ALSO have higher degrees, competencies and diplomas as from those where they are in (Government, schools, EDUcation…).

Those chosen people in the Advisory board give advice for a BETTER way as it is actually, otherwise they wouldn’t have any existence right, isn’t it!?😉

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THE most IMPORTANT is that the Director Board CAN LISTEN to the members of the Advisory Board and NOT take constructive criticism personal by straight answering on an opponent view, NOR to see these persons as enemies!

An Advisory Board is an enrichment for any organization as collective intelligence is getting used to GO for BETTER!

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sharing-iconTo get feedback, you have to be open to feedback. This sounds obvious, but it’s very easy for people to ignore feedback or not ask for it at all. To be truly open to feedback, you have to acknowledge the possibility that you’re wrong or that a better solution exists. The key is to view feedback as additive instead of competitive.

The key is to look at the viewpoints being offered, in any successful feedback group, as additive, not competitive. A competitive approach measures other ideas against your own, turning the discussion into a debate to be won or lost. An additive approach, on the other hand, starts with the understanding that each participant contributes something (even if it’s only an idea that fuels the discussion—and ultimately doesn’t work).”

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The above mentioned is ALSO valuable for any sort of meetings.

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There are commercial programs existing to organize meetings, check a non exhaustive list below, please:

And WHAT about Online Video Conferencing programs?

Pixar’s success isn’t an accident. They’re successful because they’ve mastered meetings. Learn what makes them so effective.

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DON’TS In An Advisory Board!

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SO… as mentioned above these people are respected people for THEIR competencies, experience, innovative minds and valuable insights! WHEN those people are getting treated as 12 years old persons, thus meaning: by Pedagogy based meetings instead of Andragogy based meetings they will feel offended!

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AND when YOU make reports where invited members from the “Advisory Board” (adults and seniors) get marked (like in school) as “Not Excused“, “Excused“, “Present” in the reports, OH MY GOD!!! 

Here below such a (fictive) report WHO shows the “presences“, names and companies are hidden, ONLY marked by color (organizer, members…).

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In the above fictive example the following colors mean:

  • RED is regular members of the Advisory Board
  • Orange-Brown are members of the Organization
  • Green are PRESENT members of the Advisory Board

When YOU have a look on the above fictive sheet you will remark that ONLY 6 members from the Advisory Board from a total of 32 members were present and 4 members of the Directory Board. This means a presence of ONLY 12.5%! In such a case as demonstrated above with the fictive presences sheet, the responsible people of the Directory Board should ask themselves WHAT is the reason of such a minor presences!?

The Board Directory members should be OPEN to these advice and NOT take it personal, nor being stubborn by NOT <===> listening and understanding them. <===> They should be OPEN for questioning the WHY these advice to engage discussions and let people express it also…

DON’T make an enemy attitude AGAINST persons which gave the organization constructive criticism, NOR let them show YOUR enemy attitude when YOU meet them outside in private life! DON’T consider THEM as YOUR employees which YOU want to control and dominate, they are FREE and OUT of YOUR control anyway!

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programmerman-animatedThe above mentioned is resulting as my experience in 40 years in the workforce/labor and also in managing positions where I was present in more than 100 meetings , without counting the meetings and congresses which I was leading in my sports career as president of a sports federation and president of a club. I followed special courses about:
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  • Conflict Management
  • Sales Management
  • How to lead a team
  • In German: Kommunikation, Sich selbst und Andere führen, Konfliktbewältigung (Firma Klaer-Werk in Trier [DE]) von DIPL. PSYCH. Alex HENNING  und DIPL. PSYCH. Stefan LEHNHOFF (2001)
    • Communication
    • Listening to others
    • Empathy
    • Not creating underdogs
    • Win-Win situation

 

sharing-iconIt is STRONGLY recommended that persons WHO hold the meetings, especially the main speaker and responsible one visit courses about the how-to of holding meetings and especially courses about “Conflict Management” to ensure a professional behavior in such meetings. Problems could get avoided before they occur through <===> Proactive THINKing <===>!

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I advise ALSO, this is nearly a MUST in the 21st Century while using ICT, THE letter “C” <===> Communication:

  • To create a discussion platform (Forum) where the members of  the “Advisory Board” can discuss together…
  • To create a curation platform where the members of the “Advisory Board” can curate content which will be of benefit for the Director Board
  • Consider to make an “Advisory Board” where active and passive people from the workforce/labor are ALSO integrated. Especially retired persons as they can speak FREE without fear as NOT anymore in the system😉

 

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GUST-AVRIL2014-800px-2L’auteur Gust MEES est Formateur andragogique / pédagogique TIC, membre du “Comité Conseil” de “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), appelé maintenant BEESECURE, partenaire officiel (consultant) du Ministère de l’éducation au Luxembourg du projet  ”MySecureIT“, partenaire officiel du Ministère du Commerce au Luxembourg du projet ”CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure).


The author Gust MEES is ICT Course Instructor, ”Member of the Advisory Board” from “Luxembourg Safer Internet” (LuSI), BEESECURE, Official Partner (Consultant) from the Ministry of Education in Luxembourg, project “MySecureIT“, Official Partner from the Ministry of Commerce in Luxembourg, project “CASES” (Cyberworld Awareness and Security Enhancement Structure).

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Stay tuned for next blog post(s)😉

Keywords necessary for me to create this blog post (preparation / brain storming): Respect, NO UNDERDOGS, win-win situation, NO HIERARCHY, NO MIDDLE AGES THINKING, OPEN MINDED, OPEN for CHANGE, OPEN for ADAPTING to 21st Century, eSkills, eLeadership, CyberSecurity Awareness, Digital Citizen, NEW ways of communication, THE letter “C” in ICT,

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