From Good to Great as a Board Member

From Good to Great as a Board Member

A chairman I know recently tabled the following advice from the IoD to set the tone for refreshing a board. “A board that truly adds value is not just a group of high performing individuals. A good board is a balanced team with complementary skill sets and a culture...
Avoiding the CEO dominating the Board

Avoiding the CEO dominating the Board

What happens when the executive leader overreaches into the domain of the board? E.g. when the CEO is pushy or obstructive where the directors feel they are not being heard. Here are signs of board capture, tips on what to do if this is the case, and advice on how to...
How to Run an Effective Board Meeting

How to Run an Effective Board Meeting

Senior executives and governors are busy people by nature. As the adage goes ‘if you want something done – give it to a busy person’. However, there are ways to make this easier for everyone and having a strong board meeting process is central to that. Here are 4...
How Often and For How Long Should Our Board Meet?

How Often and For How Long Should Our Board Meet?

The ideal frequency and duration of board meetings is a vexing question. The answer depends on a combination of the maturity of the Organisation, the level of change in the business / market, and the confidence within the governance team to ‘steer the waka’ forward at...
A Guide to More Productive Board Meetings

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...