What is a Future Director?

By Paul Smith, Co-founder & CEO // We are often asked this simple question, “what is a Future Director?” and it might not be what you expect. Future Directors Institute (FDI) is not a membership organisation, but it is a community (of practice). Aspiring and emerging directors that join our Alumni via our pubic programs or tailored coaching solutions, as …

Where is the CX (Customer Experience) expertise on your board?

By Paul Smith, Co-founder & CEO // Traditionally, boards have been composed of specialist generalists. These are ex-CEOs and professional directors who have a broad range of experience, rather than specialist or singular expertise. They may have come up through the ranks via a certain discipline, but even that tended to be legal or finance. Indeed, even your more specialist …

Tips and Techniques for Building Resilience

By Paul Smith, Co-founder & CEO // In order for individuals and organisations to grow and thrive, it is vital that they embrace risk and be willing to fail. Maxims like ‘fail forward’ and ‘fail fast’ have made their what into our lexicon. But just because everyone is talking about the importance of failure doesn’t make experiencing those setbacks any …

The Best Tips and Tactics to Build Your Network of Director Mentors

Here at Future Directors, we’re big on the benefits of strong relationships, and the importance of aspiring (and existing) non-executive directors both having, and being, board mentors. Meeting and getting advice from as many directors as possible can be priceless, especially when you’re just starting out. But for a new director, finding one board mentor is hard enough – let …

Are directors at risk of becoming stranded assets?

By Paul Smith, Co-founder & CEO //  The term ‘stranded asset’ is likely one you’ve heard in reference to things like technologies becoming obsolete, newer companies eclipsing incumbent ones or the changes in energy production and fossil-fuel resources. But it’s also a term that I believe can be applied to people. In this changing landscape of boardrooms and directors, it …

An introduction to Future Directors

Welcome to Future Directors. This is a recording our an introductory webinar with a special guest from our Alumni, Jennifer Nobbs. In this webinar you’ll learn the main reasons people want to become a non-executive director, what it’s like inside the boardroom and what is the best strategy for finding and securing your ideal board role. How can we help? …

Are you cut out to be a board director? Ask yourself these 7 Questions

There are millions of board directors in the world. Every company and organisation has them. Let’s be honest, many of them deserve their seat at the table. They bring huge value. Unfortunately, many do not. Just because you think you can be a director, doesn’t mean you should. Before getting started on a boardroom career, there is one question that every …

5 motivations for wanting to become a Board Director?

One thing we like to ask all our programme participants is; why do they want to be a board director? We get a range of responses but knowing your motivation is a key step on your journey to a board career and become a more rounded leader. If you’ve never really thought about it, now might be the time to …

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 …