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Defining the ‘Intentional Director’

Around 50 per cent of international studies have failed to find a link between board performance and organisation performance. Last year a contentious Australian study found that the introduction of independent directors has failed to deliver increased corporate value. Either the board model is wrong or the board people are wrong (or both). In terms […]

Performance Anxiety in the Boardroom

Sounds eerily similar to other performance issues - there is much literature afloat on this topic so I will try not to regurgitate too much suffice to say that my friend Andrew Donovan from Directors Suite has dedicated the best part of his life to this issue. Posted by Dale Simpson

Board Diversity – The real consequence

Am I the only person that gets frustrated anytime this topic gets bogged down on gender, race, culture, age or disability?  Studies as far back as 2003 have highlighted the issue across these lines ("Corporate Governance, Board Diversity, and Firm Value" in The Financial Review, 2003). I attended a lunch recently on gender diversity; the […]

Do Not Proceed Beyond This Point

Let’s think a moment about what is required of a good company director in terms of mindset, effort, skill and risk.  Yes, we agree that past experience is the greatest of teachers, but in a curriculum of many subjects it is only one teacher.  Having taken the time to acquire the basic credentials is another.  […]

Is there a lack of employee engagement?

Recent data from Roy Morgan Research suggests that around half of all employees in Australia are considering a job move in the next 12 months. Does this reflect a lack of employee engagement? Leaving aside the search for a better job and the impact of corporate restructuring, that would still leave a high proportion of […]

The difference between Mentoring and Coaching

The terms “mentoring” and “coaching” are often used interchangeably, but while there is some overlap between the two, they represent very different practices in the areas of career, leadership and professional development. The confusion is not helped by the abundance of professional providers and consultants offering “life coaching”, “career counselling”, “business coaching”, “business mentoring”, “career […]

Debating Board Diversity: Part 2 – From Thought to Culture

Where is the debate on board diversity heading?  In Part 1, we took issue with the current (albeit understandable) focus on gender representation, which we argued risks narrowing the discussion. In this concluding article, we offer some other perspectives on how to bring diversity into the boardroom. To begin with, cognitive diversity is still under-appreciated […]

Debating Board Diversity: Part 1 – Challenging the Gender Bias?

Everyone talks about diversity in the boardroom – but could our use of labels actually narrow the debate?  One day it may be gender, the next it may be race, or even age; and if we dig deep enough we may include ability (disability). Our focus on the gender bias is understandable, because there is […]

Building a Leadership Pathway to Effective Directorship

Being a non-executive director is not just about turning up to board meetings and making sure that the governance processes are in good order. Effective directors must pursue a personal career development plan that enables them to perform at their best, and contribute meaningfully to the boards they serve.          If awareness and foresight sit […]

The Oxygen Mask for Directors

Fit your own oxygen mask first I say.  We live in a world predicated upon our usefulness and ability to help others.  No wonder we forget about ourselves.  Most of us are either parents, or doting and sometimes grateful aunties and uncles.  We would know then that being there for children requires us to be […]

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