Board Conversations and Decisionmaking

HOW TO VOICE YOUR OPINION AND CONCERNS IN A PRODUCTIVE WAY IN THE BOARDROOM?

Successful leaders and board members voice their opinion without disrupting relationships and hurting the business. These people strategize and prepare. And, they practice.

Much like athletes practice their sport, those who are effective and productive in voicing their thoughts and ideas often rehearse different scenarios and script their conversation in advance. They practice, reflect and explore the effects of what they would say — out loud —and develop the reflexive and communication skills that are needed to productively voice their opinion and create productive dialogues.

Effective and successful leaders reflect in action, reflect while talking and test their assumptions, by exploring their and others’ biases.

AN INTENSE GROUP LEARNING PROCESS

The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers a new executive programme in which supervisory, non-executive and executive board members jointly develop their reflective communication skills. They learn how to prepare for meetings when confronted with strategic dilemma’s which often relate to voicing concerns to and about stakeholders and shareholders, about strategic business issues.

While exploring real cases and dilemma’s during the programme, what happens ‘here and now’ between participants will also be used to reflect and practice on how cognitive and communication processes, the communication context and formal and informal roles continuously influence the human working relations and decision-making processes and prevent people to speak up and voice their assessments, opinions, concerns and ideas.

A group learning process in which cases, dilemma’s, concerns and here and now assessments of the participants are the building blocks of the course. Management and organizational theories will be presented to properly strategize and solve the issues the participants face. This case-and dilemma centered approach enables deep-personal learning in a safe but challenging environment.