Fred Wilson, a venture capitalist with Union Square Ventures, writes that one of the companies in which he has invested is starting up an on boarding process for new board members much like companies have with new employees. This makes a tremendous amount of sense. It often takes new board members a long time to come up to speed when they have only materials to review and quarterly meetings. Having an on boarding process helps your new board members be productive quickly.
As Fred Wilson says, this on boarding process is best when the board member takes a day or two to meet with the executive team, sit in on meetings and get a feel for how the organization works. Try it with your next new board member and see how it improves your ability to focus on the issues that really matter in your next meeting.