governance wish list

The 12 days of good governance: a director’s Christmas wish list

As we approach the end of 2018 and consider the extraordinary year it has been in governance in Australia, it’s understandable that directors might be looking forward to a break. In a year that brought us a hefty and ground-shifting royal commission that called into question the effectiveness of boards and put director duties under the spotlight, we may well …

new board director

Five tips for newly appointed directors

Whether you’re a seasoned director, or fresh to the role, being elected to a board for the first time is a little like starting at a new school: you have plenty of potential to contribute but you don’t yet know how you fit in. With the end of the AGM season comes the flurry of new board appointments as positions …

remuneration

Profit or purpose: the remuneration conundrum facing directors

The age-old conundrum of which comes first, the chicken or the egg, has come home to roost in corporate boardrooms with the question to be asked: which should come first, shareholders or customers? While it would be nice to think the two weren’t mutually exclusive, the early findings from the Hayne royal commission into the banking and finance sector has …

school boards

It’s not just the three R’s anymore: maximising the value of school boards

As the academic year approaches the end, and teachers begin to assess students and write up report cards, it’s timely for school boards to also consider their performance and position. While the act of going to school has barely changed from the industrial age, the issues facing schools and those tasked with managing them has shifted significantly. School boards now …

women leadership

Why women suit leadership for the future

by Rachael Jansen If we truly want gender equality and to see women rise – and we do – then we need to stop discussing women and gender as such, and instead talk about leadership qualities needed for the future. When the narrative continues along gender lines, the focus continues to be on what separates men and women, which facilitates …

high-performance boards

Becoming a high-performance board

It’s that time of the year – footy finals season – where the efforts of all players are summarised as a position on the competition leaderboard, with one team ultimately declared the best for the season. By this stage of the season, we know who the higher performing teams were for the year and no doubt there will be much …