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 …

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 …

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 …