I invested in SEOmoz recently and am having a great time with Rand Fishkin and the SEOmoz gang. We had our first board meeting recently and Rand started pondering what he liked and didn’t like about it.
He just wrote a post titled My Favorite Board Meetings which describes clearly what he likes to do. It’s an excellent framework and – while it’s different than my generic framework – is totally cool with me as I believe the board meeting should be at least as valuable, if not more so, for the CEO and leadership team. As a result, the CEO should drive the structure since he knows what he and his teams needs.
When Amy reached a point of exhaustion with me in 2000, we decided to create some rules and structure. At the time I was having a huge problem defining any work related boundaries – work spilled over into everything I did, consumed all available time, and then crept into any of the cracks that were left over, like a perfect gas.
I have an engineer brain so I respond well to structure. While the idea of having some rules and the corresponding structure seemed very “not romantic” at first, it turns out that it’s incredibly romantic, especially if you measure the results – which is what engineer brains really care about.
A lot of these ideas will show up in our Monday Try This: topics. They’ll include things like Life Dinner, Quarterly Vacations Off The Grid, Always Answer Your Phone When Your Beloved Calls, and No TV In The Bedroom.
As always, we look forward to your suggestions – we’ll even try them out and see how we like them. Join the conversation – give us some of your favorite rules and structure to enhance your relationship.