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BoardTalk, 14 June 2014

High performing boards, governance as leadership, a director’s guide, making board meetings more productive, Health and Safety at Work Act.

HIGH PERFORMING BOARDS; WHAT’S ON THEIR AGENDA

More time on strategy less on operational is a common theme. This McKinsey piece cites evidence to back up the theory.

High performing boards

GOVERNANCE AS LEADERSHIP

An excellent summary from a seminar sponsored by The Pew Fund for Health and Human Services. Discusses in particular the role of the board in “generative thinking” within a shared governance model.

Reframing the work of the non-profit board

A DIRECTOR’S GUIDE

A good short outline of directors’ responsibilities. Issued by the Financial Markets Authority with some focus on public companies but largely transferrable to non-profit entities

The FMA Directors Guide

MAKING BOARD MEETINGS MORE PRODUCTIVE

Almost every contribution in the board room falls into one of seven categories; seeking, building consensus, telling, supporting, disagreeing, giving information or interrupting.

The balance between these forms of interaction defines the success or otherwise of any meeting. A good article from Iain McCormick in The Director magazine discusses how a trained third party observer can help a board better understand its own dynamics

Boardroom analysis

HEALTH AND SAFETY AT WORK ACT

We have received several inquiries about the likely impact of the legislation for boards in the sector. Sport NZ has commissioned some formal advice and we will circulate that within the next month.

In general if you are currently running a good H&S environment under the current legislation then these changes should not cause concern. We will circulate the sector specific advice shortly.

 

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