Union Square’s Fred Wilson talks about how committees spring up in larger boards to deal with specific responsibilities and projects.

A Board has real work to do. In addition to the most important work which is providing strategic advice, accountability, and feedback to the CEO and the management team, the Board is required to provide oversight on the Company’s financial statements, the Company’s compensation plans, and the ongoing maintenance of the Board.
 
Strong, well led board committees that are engaged and active make for better Boards. A lot of the logisitcal work that Boards must do can be done in committee and simply reported to and ratified by the larger Board. This leaves time in Board meetings for the meaty strategic conversations where Boards can add the most value. So make sure you have set up committees when your company and your Board gets big enough to justify them. You will be doing yourself a favor and you will be doing your Board a favor to.

– Talent for Equity™ team

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