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Former PwC partner urges SMEs to get ‘business fit’ before scaling up

Former PwC partner urges SMEs to get ‘business fit’ before scaling up

By focus on scaling up quickly, ex-PwC partner and Certified Advisory Board Chair Karen Crawford claims that many SMEs can be left uncertain and exposed when things go wrong. Karen suggests a simple̶ business fitness test and has recently partnered with Global Governance Initiative (GGI) to address the need for practical training.
Board Reporting

Board Reporting

Play to your audience. Deliver a career-making performance with these good practice board reporting principles.
Plumbers with leaky taps

Plumbers with leaky taps

As boards grapple with what their contribution to corporate culture should look like they often overlook one of the simplest yet powerful cultural drivers within their grasp: symbolism. It’s like a plumber with leaky taps. Would you hire him or her to replumb your whole house if they neglected to change a simple washer in their own tap? The same applies for boards. Boards can mandate values and behaviours – but they lack a mandate when their own symbolic gestures are not yet up to scratch.
Scholarship win to support ESG agenda. Ricky Bridge

Scholarship win to support ESG agenda. Ricky Bridge

“With my own career being very focused on the environment and sustainability, formal governance training will help me to improve my knowledge of what good governance looks like and how to influence positive change. This will strengthen my interactions with both board and executive teams, and further support the success of ESG initiatives I’m leading,”
Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia teams up with GGI

Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia teams up with GGI

"As the incoming chair, with a reshaped Board, it was important to revisit and refresh our perspectives to ensure we all have a common foundation of understanding from which to take our organisation forward." - Alison Rowe, Chair, Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA)
GGI launches governance scholarship

GGI launches governance scholarship

"As a sustainability leader I recognised that the engagement I’d get from the board on important issues would be limited if it was not balanced by strong financial, risk and strategic considerations. Governance training will help me maximise the value of those important conversations.”
RC : Three governance tips your board should be doing right now.

RC : Three governance tips your board should be doing right now.

Banking Royal Commission : Three governance tips your board should be doing right now. It’s clear from the final report from the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry released today, that the connection between governance and misconduct is real. But there are simple steps that every board can take towards good governance. The report investigates three ways that governance and misconduct are related: the role of the board; the entity’s priorities and accountability. Here we take a quick look at each.
Cricket Australia, royal commissions and corporate governance

Cricket Australia, royal commissions and corporate governance

With so much attention focused on the financial sector in 2018, it can be tempting for other organisations – particularly NFPs – to think they’re immune because they’re on higher moral ground and will escape treatment. This is not the case.
Social licence to operate

Social licence to operate

With scrutiny of corporate conduct at an all time high, we look at culture and trust as essential elements of a social licence to operate. We also provide practical tips if you are driving unlicenced.
Why governance matters and how to get started

Why governance matters and how to get started

The approach to governance education is often abstract, making it difficult for people to walk away with a clear set of actions to implement. People think good governance is hard, when it’s actually common sense.
Directorship – it’s ok to say no

Directorship – it’s ok to say no

Many executives struggle with the idea that directorship might not be for them. After all, directorship can look like a logical step and is often viewed as the ‘apex’ of corporate achievement. The reality is that a director career may not be right for everyone.
Two top tips for every new board chair

Two top tips for every new board chair

You've earned your first position as chair - so how do you make that first board meeting a success? Here are two tips to set the ground rules for the future and start the meeting in winning form.

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