Out with the old, in with the new

Out with the old, in with the new (economy)

By Warwick Peel, co-founder & Chief Connection Officer. The new economy is not a particularly descriptive term for the current economic climate. But while it might sound like a vague buzzword, the new economy actually has very specific goals and visions for the future. So, what is it exactly? The new economy aims to be inclusive and sustainable. It’s all …

The 9 Best Attributes of Effective Board Directors

Being a board director requires a certain amount of nous, intelligence and compassion. If you’re an aspiring board director, you might be wondering whether you’ll have what it takes. But as long as you have these attributes (or are willing to learn them), you can become an effective board director. Emotional Intelligence Emotional intelligence (EQ) is potentially more important than …

Why Millennials Could Be the Missing Link in Your Boardroom

By Paul Smith, co-founder & CEO. (This article first featured in the 2017 Better Board Conference Program). When it comes to non-executive board positions, Millennials (or Gen Y) are often snubbed in favor of more experienced directors or overlooked entirely. However, they could be the key to creating the perfect balance in your boardroom. Of all publicly listed companies in …

Equality and inclusion. An issue close to our hearts.

The Future Directors Institute is committed to accelerating diversity and inclusion in the boardroom. Why? Because we fundamentally believe it supports our mission to “build, empower and support a diverse global community of board directors steering meaningful social, environmental and economic change.” We wish to see people thrive, regardless of their age, culture, gender or sexuality. Whether it is in the boardroom, the …

The Future of the Boardroom is Now, but…

By Paul Smith, co-founder & CEO. This weekend just gone, I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the Better Boards Conference in Brisbane. The delegates were mostly non-executive directors of mid-to-large non-profits. They were friendly, intelligent and, as you’d expect for a boardroom-based conference, mostly older than your average Aussie. There was a vibe about the place. The …