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Your first board meeting

Whether it's a fantastic experience or an unmitigated disaster depends on you.

Don't be a nuisance of a newcomer. If a conflict situation arises between you and the others, exercise emotional intelligence.

NEW directorships are nerve-racking enough for the experienced, never mind a first-appointment novice. No one wants to look stupid or "lose face" at the first board meeting. Nerves are natural and the best antidote is proper preparation.

Pre-meeting: housekeeping and homework

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