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A Guide to More Productive Board Meetings

Over the years we’ve had many ongoing conversations with people about board governance. What we have learnt is that productive board meetings are those that are ‘front loaded’ i.e are directly proportional to the front work in the agenda and the preparation of...

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Nine Steps to Effective Governance

Governance excellence is tough, our board members face difficulties balancing this while creating positive teamwork despite the disparate demands inherent in their organisations. Best governance practices do evolve and by applying a principled framework, boards are...

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7 Ways to Fine-Tune the CEO’s Board Report

In many cases, directors and executives are dissatisfied with the outcome of board meetings. In many such cases ‘the board seems disconnected from their core function.’ Too often, boards that centre their meetings around the CEO report suffer this problem....

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How to Avoid Getting Your Ear Chewed Off!

Want to avoid getting your ear chewed off? We’ve all been in board meetings where someone, usually the CEO gets their ear chewed off. Why does it happen and how can you avoid it? Here are four simple tips that can be applied to any meeting: 1. Lock in your meeting...

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How should a Chief Executive Report to the Board

Many chief executives complain about their boards. They use terms like ‘meddling’ and ‘crossing the line’. They also lament that their boards spend too much time in the detail and are not strategic enough. Whether you like it or not, you’re unlikely to be...

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Board Minutes: the FAQs

We're answering eight of the most frequently asked questions about taking minutes in board meetings   What are Board Meeting Minutes? Board meeting minutes are more than a general accounting of board discussions; they serve as an official and legal record...

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A Guide to Board Minute Taking

Minute taking – so what’s the problem?   Minute taking can be cumbersome and painful. BoardPro’s polling of  governance pain points over the past three years shows that over 76% of respondents rated ‘minute taking’ as a significant pain point. "76% of...

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7 Ways to Avoid Mainzeal Mistakes

The role of a director is not simply to rely on the auditors’ figures without questions or separate assessment”   The Case: The High Court recently released a much-anticipated decision on directors’ liability in relation to the collapse of construction...

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NZ Herald: BoardPro’s Path to World Domination

Originally published in the New Zealand Herald   The sale of NZX-listed Diligent to a US company for a fraction under $1 billion in 2016 is one of the most storied exits in New Zealand software history. Now, a start-up that's in the same market - boardroom...

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What’s eating SME and Non-profit boards?

Anyone who’s has worked or governed at both ends of the corporate spectrum, understands how the needs of small to medium enterprise (SME) and non-profits differ dramatically to those in to the corporate sector.   Someone who’s become an expert in this area is Brett...

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Taking the pain out of checking past discussions

Whether you’re a board member, CEO or administrator, you’ve undoubtedly run into this bugbear: A critical decision has come due and you want to refer to past discussions on the topic. You vaguely recall it was a bit contentious but your memory is a bit hazy and you...

read more

3 Serial Killers of Board Meetings

Whether you’re a professional director on four boards or a volunteer making your first foray into governance on a small NFP board, you want to be given adequate time and resources to prepare well and contribute in board meetings. But that’s not always the case, is it?...

read more

NBR – Why Governance Matters

The news out of one of New Zealand’s largest companies, Fletchers, points to problems with governance and oversight delivered by the board but it’s not just corporates that suffer from this. Small businesses also need to carefully consider how they’re going to manage...

read more

Radio New Zealand

Radio NZ interview CEO, Brett Herkt on BoardPro's early wins and the product's international prospects. Pick up the conversation at 4:00 minutes on this audio link.  ...

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Don’t be a dick!

It’s not difficult to look like a dick at board meetings.  In fact, looking back at the countless board meetings I’ve attended, it’s remarkably easy and happens all the time. It’s simple: just fail to do your action items from the last board meeting.  How many times...

read more

Why managers are falling in love with board software

You'd think that the last thing a time poor manager or administrator would want is another piece of software! And especially not for something as delicate and important as the board process. Surely the flexibility and familiarity of generic tools like email, microsoft...

read more

3 reasons why boards are buying BoardPro

You and your fellow board members are busy, we get it. That’s why we’ve built features into BoardPro that make your lives easier. Plus the savings on the organisation's administration time and resources mean the software pays for itself.   Stay current, never lose a...

read more

Software cuts board meeting costs

Robyn Pearce's Opinion: Boards of small to medium enterprise and non-profits have been missing out on this board software.   Originally published in the NZ Herald, Wednesday, 07 December 2016 When anyone talks about services that save people time and money, my ears...

read more

Tony cut his board admin in half!

Tony Coombe is a C-suite executive who's consulting to a 100-year old agricultural business operating in Australia and New Zealand. One of his tasks is to improve their governance processes and take their board papers into the cloud. After a free trial of BoardPro's...

read more

A Guide to More Productive Board Meetings

Over the years we’ve had many ongoing conversations with people about board governance. What we have learnt is that productive board meetings are those that are ‘front loaded’ i.e are directly proportional to the front work in the agenda and the preparation of...

read more

Nine Steps to Effective Governance

Governance excellence is tough, our board members face difficulties balancing this while creating positive teamwork despite the disparate demands inherent in their organisations. Best governance practices do evolve and by applying a principled framework, boards are...

read more

7 Ways to Fine-Tune the CEO’s Board Report

In many cases, directors and executives are dissatisfied with the outcome of board meetings. In many such cases ‘the board seems disconnected from their core function.’ Too often, boards that centre their meetings around the CEO report suffer this problem....

read more

How to Avoid Getting Your Ear Chewed Off!

Want to avoid getting your ear chewed off? We’ve all been in board meetings where someone, usually the CEO gets their ear chewed off. Why does it happen and how can you avoid it? Here are four simple tips that can be applied to any meeting: 1. Lock in your meeting...

read more

How should a Chief Executive Report to the Board

Many chief executives complain about their boards. They use terms like ‘meddling’ and ‘crossing the line’. They also lament that their boards spend too much time in the detail and are not strategic enough. Whether you like it or not, you’re unlikely to be...

read more

Board Minutes: the FAQs

We're answering eight of the most frequently asked questions about taking minutes in board meetings   What are Board Meeting Minutes? Board meeting minutes are more than a general accounting of board discussions; they serve as an official and legal record...

read more

A Guide to Board Minute Taking

Minute taking – so what’s the problem?   Minute taking can be cumbersome and painful. BoardPro’s polling of  governance pain points over the past three years shows that over 76% of respondents rated ‘minute taking’ as a significant pain point. "76% of...

read more

7 Ways to Avoid Mainzeal Mistakes

The role of a director is not simply to rely on the auditors’ figures without questions or separate assessment”   The Case: The High Court recently released a much-anticipated decision on directors’ liability in relation to the collapse of construction...

read more

NZ Herald: BoardPro’s Path to World Domination

Originally published in the New Zealand Herald   The sale of NZX-listed Diligent to a US company for a fraction under $1 billion in 2016 is one of the most storied exits in New Zealand software history. Now, a start-up that's in the same market - boardroom...

read more

What’s eating SME and Non-profit boards?

Anyone who’s has worked or governed at both ends of the corporate spectrum, understands how the needs of small to medium enterprise (SME) and non-profits differ dramatically to those in to the corporate sector.   Someone who’s become an expert in this area is Brett...

read more

Taking the pain out of checking past discussions

Whether you’re a board member, CEO or administrator, you’ve undoubtedly run into this bugbear: A critical decision has come due and you want to refer to past discussions on the topic. You vaguely recall it was a bit contentious but your memory is a bit hazy and you...

read more

3 Serial Killers of Board Meetings

Whether you’re a professional director on four boards or a volunteer making your first foray into governance on a small NFP board, you want to be given adequate time and resources to prepare well and contribute in board meetings. But that’s not always the case, is it?...

read more

NBR – Why Governance Matters

The news out of one of New Zealand’s largest companies, Fletchers, points to problems with governance and oversight delivered by the board but it’s not just corporates that suffer from this. Small businesses also need to carefully consider how they’re going to manage...

read more

Radio New Zealand

Radio NZ interview CEO, Brett Herkt on BoardPro's early wins and the product's international prospects. Pick up the conversation at 4:00 minutes on this audio link.  ...

read more

Don’t be a dick!

It’s not difficult to look like a dick at board meetings.  In fact, looking back at the countless board meetings I’ve attended, it’s remarkably easy and happens all the time. It’s simple: just fail to do your action items from the last board meeting.  How many times...

read more

Why managers are falling in love with board software

You'd think that the last thing a time poor manager or administrator would want is another piece of software! And especially not for something as delicate and important as the board process. Surely the flexibility and familiarity of generic tools like email, microsoft...

read more

3 reasons why boards are buying BoardPro

You and your fellow board members are busy, we get it. That’s why we’ve built features into BoardPro that make your lives easier. Plus the savings on the organisation's administration time and resources mean the software pays for itself.   Stay current, never lose a...

read more

Software cuts board meeting costs

Robyn Pearce's Opinion: Boards of small to medium enterprise and non-profits have been missing out on this board software.   Originally published in the NZ Herald, Wednesday, 07 December 2016 When anyone talks about services that save people time and money, my ears...

read more

Tony cut his board admin in half!

Tony Coombe is a C-suite executive who's consulting to a 100-year old agricultural business operating in Australia and New Zealand. One of his tasks is to improve their governance processes and take their board papers into the cloud. After a free trial of BoardPro's...

read more