Book review - Don't by Bob Snelden
Directors must communicate to survive. Some directors seem to elicit information almost effortlessly and to give clear guidance that executive follow flawlessly. Others are not so 'lucky'.
This book will help you to understand how the way in which you phrase your thoughts impacts the powerful mental models that drive response in the listener. It gives suggestions for changes that can make a powerful difference and a process for managing conversations to make them more effective.
A book specially targetted at the boardroom and board conversations is being written; this book is so good that I suggest you read it first – don’t wait!
Available at Amazon.com in paperback and kindle editions.
What's new - In June there was a controversy about governance at CPA Australia. I was asked to comment by ABC’s The Business Show. You can watch the video here.
Re-establishing good governance and rebuilding trust will be a difficult and precarious process.
If you would like a confidential director mentor or to discuss your board's needs for training and/or strategy facilitation please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. It is always a delight to work with new boards and organisations delivering practical governance education in a way that engages and extends participants' own expertise.It is far better to get governance right rather than react when it has gone off the rails (although I can help with disaster recovery as well as prevention).
I was also delighted to join the board of the ACT Suburban Land Authority. Building the future infrastructure for our capital community is a great challenge and I am looking forward to establishing and maintaining governance of this new entity which everyone can be proud of.
Inspirational quote for July - This month my favourite quote is:
"The objective of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives."
~ Robert Maynard Hutchins (1899 - 1977) ~
Just as the objective of due diligence before joining a board is to prepare the prospective director to learn throughout his or her tenure on the board. I am looking forward to learning and growing in my newest board role and to helping my clients to learn and grow in their boards.
Let's meet - I love the opportunity to meet readers (and anyone who is interested in governance) so it would be great to see you at one of my upcoming events that are open to the public:
Adding Value as a Director Masterclass in Melbourne on 24 July. Details from Konnect Learning.
Adding Value as a Director Masterclass in Sydney on 25 July. Details from Konnect Learning.
Adding Value as a Director Masterclass in Perth on 28 July. Details from Konnect Learning.
Better Boards Conference 2017 in Brisbane on 28 to 30 July where I will be helping boards prepare for governing the unpredictable. Details available from Better Boards.
Adding Value as a Director Masterclass in Brisbane on 31 July. Details from Konnect Learning.
Taiwan Corporate Governance Association “Corporate Governance Summit XIII: Creating Corporate Value through Enhancing Functions of Board” in Taipei on 25 October followed by a masterclass workshop on 26 October.
If you would like me to speak for or train your board, staff, audience and/or group please contact me email@example.com.
A note on names - A few readers have asked me where I find the names for the protagonists in each case study. I can only say that I ‘borrow’ them from people I meet or things that I read. Quillan is an old Gaelic name and means ‘cub’, ‘novice’ or ‘newcomer’. Our protagonist Quillan is to be congratulated for taking his appointment seriously and attempting to gain as much knowledge as he can before he officially starts. He should go from cub to valuable member of the pride very quickly!
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Suggestions for dilemmas - Thank you to all the readers who have suggested dilemmas. I will answer them all eventually. I could not write this newsletter without your help and without the generous help of all the experts who respond each month to the case studies.
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Farewell until the next issue (due 1 August 2017). I look forward to greeting you again then. In the interim I hope you will enjoy health, happiness and hard work.
Enjoy governing your corporations; we are privileged to do what we do!