Articles on Governance and Leadership in Purpose Driven Organisations.
Darren Fittler on the How Purpose Drives Choices
In this short video, Darren Fittler – Partner at Gilbert + Tobin – outlines how your organisation’s purpose drives what your organisation does at multiple levels. Darren presented on “Never Forget Your Purpose… Ever!” at the Better Boards Conference 2015.
Tech in the Boardroom: Beyond the Board Portal
Discussion of boardroom technology has almost exclusively been focused on board portals. This makes sense as board portals have probably had one of the most significant impacts on boards of any widely available technology to date. However, we are now beginning to see the consumerisation of a wide range of far more complex and advanced technologies that have the potential to make a significant impact on the boardroom and the way boards operate.
Director Selection: Finding the Right Fit
Getting the right people onto a board can be critical to a non-profit’s effectiveness. Yet while the recruitment of a new CEO typically follows a rigorous process, the appointment of a new director is frequently ad hoc, informal and heavily reliant on a closed network of acquaintances. As a result, many non-profit boards may be missing an opportunity to add value to their organisation. Boards are unique work groups. They meet infrequently and spend limited time together outside the boardroom.
Gavin Nicholson on Handling Complexity in Board Decision Making
In this video, on handling complexity in board decision-making Gavin Nicholson – Associate Professor at the QUT Business School – examines how decision-making processes can help to tackle significant complexity in matters considered by the board. Transcript This is a very abstracted kind of decision that I’ve got here. But I really wanted to make the point that you can have all the information in the group and still make a bad decision, depending upon how you make the decision, the actual process.
Reshaping the Board’s Role in Organisational Culture
Culture is a crucial driver of any organisation’s success and a critical lever in its performance. It shapes and influences an organisation’s internal environment, as well as its interactions with and success in the external environment. In an organisation, culture is the way people behave, what they believe, and the values they hold – on the whole generally without thinking about any of it. These behaviours, beliefs and values are passed through the organisation via communication and imitation, from one employee, volunteer or even director to the next.
Gavin Nicholson on Why Processes Really Matter
In this video, Gavin Nicholson – Associate Professor at the QUT Business School – examines how testing underlying assumptions and instituting better processes can subvert poor decision-making. Transcript This is a very abstracted kind of decision that I’ve got here, but I really wanted to make the point that you can have all the information in the group and still make a bad decision, depending upon how you make the decision, the actual process.
Why Miscommunication Happens Among Directors
In the game Pass the Message, the first person in a group whispers a secret message to the second, who in turn whispers it to the third. This goes on down the chain until the message reaches the last person. More often than not, hilarity ensues when the last person announces the message they received because at this point, the original message already evolved, making it significantly different in amusing ways.
Planning for the Election: Government Relations for Not-for-Profits
Engaging with the government can be a difficult feat for Not-for-Profits, given the pressures of budgets and resources in today’s operating environment. But with the Australian Federal Election scheduled this year, now is a better time than ever to rise to the challenge and start (if you haven’t already) engaging with our nation’s representatives. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you kick-start and manage your organisation’s government engagement efforts for this election year:
Could You Do with a Lawyer on Your Board?
Statistics from America suggest two interesting things about board membership: A lawyer/director increases an organisation’s value by 9.5%; and The number of lawyer/directors in America has doubled in recent times But if you have a lawyer on your board, what’s your experience? The reality is that any good board member needs to perform to the five governance commandments: Be able to contribute to strategy See opportunities and threats Be willing to challenge management Make decisions, not just express views Be clear thinkers with good judgement Lawyers, or even accountants or retired politicians don’t have a mortgage on these qualities.