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What Makes a ‘Good Board’?

What makes a good and effective board? Having recently conducted a Board Review for an Australian publicly listed company, I was reflecting on what, if any, consistent themes are evident in those boards that appear to operate more effectively than others.

Leadership Lessons – from a 7-year-old!

One of the key descriptors of a ‘Leader’ is one who can create a vision, inspire others towards its achievement. He is expected to reach the goal in the quickest, most efficient, least expensive way, which has merit in many cases, but certainly has drawbacks, as I was shown this weekend by my 7-year-old daughter.

Top three reasons new CEO’s fail

This topic surfaced earlier this year in a client meeting where we were discussing the replacement of a CEO that had been in the organization for more than twenty years and in the CEO role for more than eight. Such concerns are shared by many organizations that are facing a change of tenured executive leadership.

“We recently worked with Malcolm Duncan from IRC Australia (The Insight Group) to fill a senior role based in Malaysia. Logistically this was fairly complex, with Mal based in Australia and our leadership team in New Zealand, but we quickly built a strong working relationship which led to a great outcome. Mal spent time working with us to understand our requirements, and his expertise and industry connections meant he was able to present a number of strong candidates based throughout Australasia. Mal and his team were extremely professional, communicative and responsive throughout the process, and I felt very comfortable with him representing our organisation to candidates. Through his affiliation with IRC Global Search Partners, Mal also introduced us to IRC Japan (Apex) and we have been extremely happy with the work they have done for us as well. Mal has maintained an interest in the progress of this role and it has been refreshing to have a search firm actively seek feedback to ensure that we are happy with how things are progressing. I would have no hesitation in recommending Mal and his team and look forward to working with them again.”

Ruth Christie, Global HR Manager, Fletcher Building Roof Tile Group

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