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Feeling stuck in your career? Career Construction Theory may be the answer.
Career Construction Theory sees previous job choices, and possible future roles, as expressions of the often private meaning and essence of who we are as people. Once this essence is uncovered, and sometimes expressed as 'purpose and meaning', it provides a powerful guide to further steps in career construction, and ultimately creating a career that deeply matters to the client and the community in which they live and work.
Is trust to be trusted?
Trust, within the context of a board, can be defined as the assured reliance or confidence in the character, ability, credibility, and truthfulness of other board members. It is a vital component that underpins the effective functioning of the board. Without trust, conversations can become circumspect, members may withhold valuable insights, and the board's ability to make robust, strategic decisions can be compromised.
Noses in and fingers out
Several experts in the field of corporate governance have weighed in on the challenges faced by non-executive directors (NEDs). Renowned corporate governance scholar, Professor Bob Tricker, asserts that "The non-executive director's role is one of stewardship rather than management, which requires a delicate balance between being too involved and being too detached"
Can you navigate conflict in the boardroom?
Unresolved conflicts can profoundly impact an organisation's success; they create an environment of distrust and stagnation, disrupt smooth decision-making processes, and divert attention from strategic priorities to internal disputes. NEDs can play a role in managing these situations with these strategies, based on Microsoft and Ford.
8 interview questions you weren't expecting
A recent Linkedin post suggested traditional interview questions were too predictable and bound to elicit rehearsed responses from candidates. Instead ten unexpected and intriguing questions are suggested to stimulate more insightful answers to reveal a candidate's personality, instincts, and soft skills. This approach (they say) is not intended to catch candidates off guard, but rather to see how they cope with unforeseen challenges and demonstrate spontaneous thinking
In this post we look at 8 of these questions and share our ideas for giving responses that will enhance your chances of getting a job that is the right fit for you.
An argument for considering alternatives to federated board structures.
The traditional federated board structure is considered by many to be increasingly outdated. The changing world may require greater adaptability and flexibility than can be achieved within a federated structure. In terms of responding quickly to change and delivering services across multiple jurisdictions other structures may be more appropriate. This thinking has led many organisations to look for alternative governance systems that better serve members and the communities they serve.
Six ways to maximise your impact as a non-executive director
To truly maximise your impact, you must continuously hone your skills and be alert to the ever-changing corporate and regulatory environment. Here are six ways in which you can amplify your influence and make a lasting difference in the organisations you serve.
Fragmented boards: Using disagreement as a catalyst for great conversations
Directors should be compelled to offer constructive criticism that leads to healthy debate, forming decisions that are in line with the company's overall vision and ethics. By being open and considered, directors reach an understanding of how to make better decisions. But how do we engage in such healthy debate rather than fostering resentment, withdrawal or capitulation?
Is your chair really working for the board?
Good board leaders are essential to ensure that the voice of the board is heard in management, communication is constructive within the boardroom and inappropriate behaviour is identified and curbed. Creating criteria for identifying candidates for board leadership is advisable when recruiting an ideal chairperson for your board.
5 tips for managing your board
When a group forms for any reason, people are going at different speeds and directions. As chair, it is not your job to be the expert in the material or to figure out how everyone should contribute. Your job is to establish a trusting environment so each person can do that for themselves.