Board KickStarter Breakfast - November 2018

Thanks everyone for joining me at the November Board KickStarter breakfast and, in particular, to our fabulous speakers Liberty Sanger and Alecia Rathbone for their informative, insightful and interesting stories and tips.

Here's a summary of some of their take-out messages:

Summary of key points
  • Getting on a board

  • think about your value, you're not just adding to your CV.

  • It's a role with lots of work so make sure it's something you're passionate about and have the drive and purpose to do, and do well.

  • "not qualified" is not necessarily a barrier - you can feel your way around the strategic v. operational issues.

  • Being on a board

  • look for boards that:

  • encourage diversity (age, cultural etc) ("with the evidence from the Financial Services Royal Commission, never has there been a more powerful message for diversity")

  • know the difference between operational and governance work.

  • Prepare for meetings so you can ask great questions that add value - read your papers, understand the organisation and the sector and add the value of your experience.

  • Other points of note:

  • Know why your organisation exists - your 'why' - particularly if going through challenges and/or mergers

  • extend opportunities to others who are coming behind you

  • Tips and tricks

  • Network!

  • prepare a Board resume

  • Do some training like the AICD Company Directors Course

  • Join a NFP Board to build your skills and experience.

A sample of the feedback from breakfast

  • There was a valuable amount of time to discuss around the table, after each speaker

  • Two great speakers, lots of concepts

  • Guest speakers were fantastic, great insights and advice

  • Great agenda and time management

  • The morning was very enjoyable, smooth and timely

  • Really engaging speakers - some practical tips

  • Professionally organised

  • Hearing through experience - the two speakers were fantastic

  • Great passion and knowledge from speakers - shared case studies

  • Speakers were great and provided lots of relevant insights

  • Stimulating table conversation

  • Really useful points and tips from speakers

  • Loved the format - table talk, speakers and Q&A

  • Opportunity to network

  • Loved how easy it was to network

  • Good to hear about current / emerging issues for boards

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