From Board to Bored: Resisting gender fatigue requires strategic choices on board diversity

By (Guest Contributor) Adele Langton // Is it ok to discriminate again yet? Can you imagine a worse question being asked in the halls of Australian ASX firms, government departments and small businesses? Anything more demoralising for the highly qualified women, youth and non-Anglo Celtics who are so tantalisingly close to the C-suites and boardrooms? Well watch out, it’s not as …

Women on Boards: The economic importance of diversity

By Warwick Peel, Co-founder & Chief Connection Officer // By technical definition, discrimination is considered ‘the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex.’ A widely-accepted definition, by most accounts. But is there such a thing as positive discrimination? Absolutely. Some might see this as a negative, but it’s all …

10 Questions to ask a prospective Board Member in 2018

By Warwick Peel, Co-founder and Chief Connection Officer // “Can somebody stop saying disruption, cyber attacks, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, cryptocurrencies and climate risk? It’s doing my head in?” These are the words of those boardrooms stuck in the 1980’s and while many were born well before that (oops, so was I), it’s time we understood what Director mindsets we really …

Non-Executives: A changing landscape for the boardroom

By Warwick Peel, Co-founder and Chief Connection Officer // The changing landscape for the NED (non-executive director) is becoming one of great demand and possibility. A non-executive director – someone who is a member of a company’s board yet not on the executive team – is one that doesn’t necessarily engage in the day-to-day runnings of a company but, ultimately, through …

Are you waiting for permission to lead?

By Paul Smith, Co-founder and CEO // Leadership, whether entrepreneurial, managerial, executive or non-executive doesn’t need experience, it needs attitude. Anyone can be a successful leader, but complacency can play no part. None! All to often I witness wannabe leaders (especially of the boardroom-type) waiting for things to happen TO them rather than making things happen FOR them. Exceptional leaders speak …