Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Board Breakfast ‘Bites’



Yesterday we hosted a CEO breakfast panel for the Young Leaders who are participating in the Engaging Young Leaders on Aged and Community Boards Program. I was part of a panel that included Angie Paskevicius CEO of Holyoake, Rhys Williams CEO of Community Solutions, Ann Zubrick Deputy Chair of Brightwater and James Lawton Director Executive Services at MercyCare.

The key questions for panel members included:
  • What was your pathway onto Boards?
  • What issues should prospective Board members be aware of before gaining a Board position? 
  • What opportunities do we have to lead community change on Boards?
Responses were rich and varied, so let me offer you some of the key 'Breakfast Bites' to help you develop as a leader and Board Director

What was your pathway onto Boards?
  •  become a member, get involved in the life of the organisation
  • get into the communication loop of the organisation, read the Annual Report
  • engage and have a presence at the AGM
  • attend events, volunteer and connect with people and become part of the organisation
  •  research and prepare so you understand the organisations ‘cause/mission’
  • undertake company directors training
  • be seen as an offer – so you can get asked or ‘tapped on the shoulder’
What issues should prospective Board members be aware of before gaining a Board position? 
  • what kind of Board they are (e.g. membership, paid, volunteer)?
  • what do they want to become?
  • where are Board members at personally, do they only engage one month to the next at Board meetings or do they help drive the strategic vision of the organisation?
  • Director’s responsibilities (Strategy, CEO, Performance, Risk, Reputation, Ethics/Culture, Stakeholders, compliance)
  • Directors insurance
What opportunities do we have to lead community change on Boards?
  • shaping government policy
  • social policy development, reform and implementation
  • provision of services to people in need
  • social innovation
  • re-direction of resources – measuring what really counts
  • advocacy
  • culture change internally and externally
 The Young Leaders asked some great questions, including:
  •  when should a Board member get off a Board?
  • what is the role of committees?
  • do I take up a Board Traineeship versus a Board Director role
My thanks to all for contributing to the debate and to my own learning and development about Boards!

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