I recently sat through a Board Meeting with an excellent group of entrepreneurs who have not quite come together as a functioning team yet. The reason I say this is that they put together a very professional Board Package with all of the usual financial, marketing and engineering charts that you would expect, but after looking over the financial and marketing charts, you would have little hint of the seriousness of the problems in the engineering group and their development schedule. The one person who owns the total picture and sets relative priorities in a company is the CEO. In this case, maybe the CEO was trying to not dominate the meeting, or maybe to get the team used to pitching to the BOD, or maybe it's just the CEO's personal style, but the CEO rather than the VPs needs to drive the organization and content of the meeting.

Maybe it's a personal style issue on my part, or one of management focus, but I'm personally a