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The Future of Directorship

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On the 14th of March 2012 David Gonski made a presentation at the Australian Institute of Company Directors luncheon on the future of directorship. His speech was thought provoking and whilst I didn’t agree with his position on all of the topics, the consensus on our table was that his views were thoughtfully developed and […]

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AICD Company Directors Course

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  Having completed the¬†Australian Company Directors Course, I run the risk of sounding like a paid advertisement… BUT if you have contemplated doing this course, don’t hesitate, just do it. The quality of presenters and the work that has gone into preparing the course material is utterly first rate. I must say I have also […]

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The West Australian vs WAN

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Last week I attended, along with around 1100 other people, a presentation given by Kerry Stokes as part of the Business News Success and Leadership breakfast series. Kerry and Peter Gammel approached Business News to hold the breakfast with a key aim in mind – to attract solid support from Perth’s business community for his […]

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The Fish Rots From the Head

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This week I had the great pleasure of meeting Professor Bob Garratt, author of the above book amongst others. He was in Perth to present on “Directors and their homework: developing strategic thought”. The presentation was interesting and through provoking and particularly highlighted the ever growing demands on directors, as the scope of what is […]

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Are Directors distracted by compliance?

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I recently attended a workshop held by the Australian Institute of Company Directors that was discussing the challenges of compliance, particularly related to the continuous disclosure legal requirements of Australian companies. The intent of the requirement is to ensure continuous disclosure to ensure an equally and adequately informed stock market. A case study was presented […]

The Superhuman Boss – unrealistic expectations and how to manage them

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Unlimited capacity – wouldn’t it be great to be able to deal with immense volume without experiencing stress or conflict? Much of the challenge exists from pressure below and above – pressure below comes from a multiple of staff that need to direct information to or access information from their boss. From above, the challenge […]

Talk to me in numbers – applying metrics to business success

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If you have ever found peformance issues and the reasons being given seemingly incredibly complicated, then perhaps distilling the essence back to the number only may be the answer you are looking for. For example, let’s say sales performance is down. A person can provide any number of reasons, incredibly well argued, as to why […]