Thanks everyone for joining me at the October Board KickStarter breakfast and, in particular, to our fabulous speakers Fiona Williams and Sheena Watt for their informative, insightful and interesting stories and tips.
Here's a summary of some of their take-out messages:
Summary of key points
induction to a new board is helpful - she found having a mentor to be valuable
find a board that aligns with your values - it's where you'll be able to make the biggest contributio
role of Chair is as facilitator and leading an informed and well considered discussion.
In challenges eg: merger - it can be helpful for the board to remind themselves of their 'why' eg: service to the local community
regional health boards are very closely connected to local community
even if you don't have a background in health, you can contribute your skills to a health board. Department of Health and Human Services also provides a lot of training opportunities to health board members, eg: clinical governance
And from Sheena:
being on a board can be a way of giving back (particularly if your job alone doesn't sustain you enough)
need your crew to talk to when on a board
find a board that is values aligned
consider using sub-committees as a way to get on boards
diversity might get you in the room but it won't keep you in the room
Sheena made a conscious choice to build her clinical governance expertise as a way of maximisng her value in the boardroom.
I really loved hearing from these fabulous women, and the vibe in the room was fantastic. Is there a better way to start the day?
Some of the feedback . . .
Brilliant - all of it!
Good networking and questions
Very good engagement and conversation
Q&A session was great
The speakers were great, motivational
Helga's style of engaging and experience
Women networking and sharing their experiences
Board market place was helpful
Networking booklet contain participant's bios
Time, length of session
Format and structure of session, well managed
Meeting emerging women
Hearing from two great leaders - sharing great ideas
The group - the sunshine!
Food, talks, timing - everything!
The agenda - breaking for discussions around the tables between speakers
Mix of board members and non-board members
Feel free to let me know any other feedback you may have!
I'd be interested to hear what you took from the presentations - email me to let me know or join the conversation on LinkedIn or Facebook. And if anyone happened to take photos I would love it if you could email them to me or post them to Facebook.
If you have any further feedback on this event, suggestions for speakers, or know anyone interested in the next Board KickStarter breakfast, please let me know. Again, thank you for coming and being part of the Board KickStarter breakfast. I look forward to seeing you at the next one.
Take on Board And, of course, you can hear more from Fiona. Sheena's podcast to be released soon on the Take on Board Podcast Or join the Take on Board Facebook group. I would really love it if you could share the podcast with someone you know this week - either someone you are on a Board with, or someone you know who is also looking for Board roles.