You can lead a horse to water (or you can give him an iPad)by Lisa Dubernard 7 Comments November 13, 2010
Let’s face it. Not all board members are tech savvy.
But more and more, it is so important that leadership can use technology to access important information (such as online meeting agendas, policies as well as news, registering for conferences…the list is endless).
But what about the board members who’ve been led to the water but just won’t drink (for whatever reason). Do we try to force, shame, cajole… or should we look realistically at the tools themselves?
Perhaps the answer is in the newer simpler tools that are becoming available now.
Oooo, maybe…. like the iPad.
What? An iPad is for young, cool students who like to download gaming apps, watch netflix videos on the bus and check their facebook status.
Maybe not. According to a recent report on CNN called “The iPad is for Grandparents”
“First and foremost, the iPad is incredibly simple to use, and easy to learn. (After more than 100 days of owning one, I love it.) For older people, or especially for inexperienced computer users, that’s very helpful…”
and the story also said,
“Second, the iPad is easy for the sort of stuff we imagine our grandparents would want to do with it: Reading the web, e-books with large-as-you-want-it text, magazine articles, and email; looking at photographs and videos; filling out crossword puzzles; and writing short messages.”
Imagine an iPad with your board members. With it they could easily access meeting agendas to read up on items (at home or at work) prior to a board meeting. They could take notes on items. During the meeting they follow along with the agenda with an inconspicuious little rectangle laying on the table. (Less “in your face” than a laptop screen would be.)
So maybe iPads for board members is a very good idea. For the young and tech savvy and also for the ones who, well, let’s just say they’re not reading this blog.
And btw, eBOARD runs on an iPad.
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