Boardroom Performance Secrets
Participants: Board members, chief executives
Provider: Graeme Nahkies (Boardworks International)
Dates: 14 May 2013 – Auckland
Board performance is a key catalyst in guiding an organisation towards success in today’s dynamic sport and recreation environment. This intensive and participative one-day seminar focuses on the practical application of sound governance philosophy.
Who Should Participate?
This workshop is intended for those who have governance experience and have previously participated in Sport NZ’s introductory governance workshops. If you want to extend and sharpen your governance skills then this seminar is for you.
What will the seminar cover?
Understanding the truth of trusteeship
• Ensuring governance is real, not nominal
• Exploring the fundamental position of the board and the scope of its responsibilities
• What the board is really accountable for, governing not managing
Obsessing about outcomes
• The power of purpose: understanding why the board must be focused on outcomes
• How does a board think in “outcome” terms?
• Where does risk management fit in?
Developing a culture of inquiry and critical thinking
• Developing effectiveness in thinking together
• Developing the capability for high-quality discussion/dialogue
• Understanding the right questions to ask before posing the solution
Making the best use of the board’s scarcest resource: time
• Making sure the work of governance gets done
• Applying the concept of leverage
• Changing the agenda: practicing the art of benign neglect
Effective board leadership
• What should we expect of our chair?
• Do we have the means to get the right chair?
• How important is the chair/chief executive relationship?
The board and the CEO - partnering as a championship team
• The board must do its own job first
• Liberating rather than controlling
• Restricting to empower
Getting the right people on the bus
• Understanding the capabilities of the board
• Succession planning/grooming – board and chief executive
• Ensuring that key stakeholders are engaged and supportive
Boardworks International is a specialist governance consultancy. Its principals, Graeme Nahkies and Terry Kilmister, together with associate Tony Hassed, work on both sides of the Tasman in the commercial, public and not-for-profit sectors. Boardworks has undertaken extensive research and consultancy for Sport NZ. Terry has been involved in major sport sector projects in Australia. They have an excellent understanding of the challenges facing the sector.
Introduction to Sport Governance
Participants: Board members
Provider: Jane Huria (HSR Governance)
Dates: 5 June 2013 – Auckland
A strong, competent board is essential for sport and recreation organisations to be successful. The purpose of this one day seminar is to improve participants’ knowledge and understanding of governance in the sector. The seminar is highly participative- and includes best-practice principles as well as practical ‘how to’ suggestions.
Who Should Participate?
This seminar is suitable for people with governance experience who need to apply that knowledge in a sport and recreation sector context, or those with sector experience who now find themselves in a governance role.
This seminar is designed as ‘entry level’ learning for board members in the sport and recreation sector. It covers both fundamental governance principles and the realities associated with the sector.
What Will I learn?
By the end of the seminar you will have:
• An improved understanding of your governance responsibilities
• An improved understanding of what board-papers should contain, as well as good meeting processes and practices
• A deeper understanding of your organisation’s constitution or rules
• Some practical tools that can be applied immediately to your organisation
• The ability to focus on the key factors that will achieve your organisational goals
• An improved understanding of performance measures and controls
What will the seminar cover?
The governance areas addressed will include:
• the governance/management divide
• the role of chair and board members
• operating in a policy environment
• managing the chief executive
• understanding and managing stakeholder relations
• effective meetings, effective committees
• the strategic plan; creation, monitoring and review
• the legal obligations of board members
• board evaluation and development
• board succession and induction
• quality and structure of board papers
Sector-specific content will include:
• the challenges of the not-for-profit world, and sport and recreation in particular
• the reality of membership-based organisations
• working through volunteers
• structural challenges
• resource constraints, funding sources and accountabilities
• the changing world
Jane Huria has been involved in governance for the past 25 years, serving on many corporate and not-for-profit boards, advising boards and undertaking governance training both in New Zealand and internationally. Jane was a founder director of SPARC (now Sport New Zealand) and served for five years on SPARC’s Maori advisory board – Te Roopu Manaaki. She is a partner in consulting company, HSR Governance Limited, established in 1999 and works in the area of strategic review, governance advice and training.
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