The 3 Most Common Challenges Faced by New Directors

By Paul Smith, Co-founder & CEO // At the Future Directors Institute, we help people overcome the challenges and obstacles of starting their boardroom careers and finding their ideal positions as non-executive directors, whether that’s on a corporate, non-profit, start-up etc. But our Alumni have often found that once they achieve this initial goal, there are new challenges to deal …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …