Thoughts and things of interest

Board KickStarter Breakfast - July 2019

Thanks everyone for joining me at the July Board KickStarter breakfast and, in particular, to our fabulous speakers Rachel Lowry and Michelle Shepherd for their informative, insightful and interesting stories and tips. Here's a summary of some of their take-out messages: Summary of key points​ Rachel's 10 tips: Familarise yourself with your skills matrix (or the skills matrix of the board you are seeking) One-on-one with each Board member to build relationships Swiss banks don't like to work with Australian Chairs! Set the priorities - if the Chair isn't, help them out Give everyone a voice Not for profit doesn't mean no commercial nous Check in on culture regularly Set clear risk appetite f

Tools for discovery …

I’ve been working with a team recently and in one of our sessions, we used the Johari window to explore team interactions. Essentially the Johari window is a tool to help better understand relationships. It was created by psychologists Joseph Luft (the Jo in Johari) and Harrington Ingham (the ‘hari’ in the name). I took the group through the Johari window framework. The model works using four quadrants: with things that are known to you on one axis, and things that are known to others on the other. The four sections are: arena’ (or open – things that are known to you and to others), ‘blind spot’ (things that are known to others, but not to you), ‘hidden’ (things that are known to you, but no

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