Recruitment

What Boards want (5): Demonstrable Passion

This is the last of my articles addressing the five elements that I know most Chairs or Nominations Committees consider when making board appointments.  To recap, in my last four articles I detailed: which executive skills are valued at board level, why evidencing prior governance experience is so important, why your personal connections are so valuable and why cultural … Continued


Diversity, Recruitment

What Boards want (4): Cultural Fit

The Importance of Demonstrating Cultural Fit in the Board Appointment Process In recent articles I have been working through the the five elements I know most Chairs or Nominations Committees consider when making board appointments including: which executive skills are valued at board level, why evidencing prior governance experience is so important and why your personal connections … Continued



Recruitment

The Value of a Governance Qualification

The majority of board candidates I speak to have a Governance Qualification. If you don’t, then you are not comprehensively ‘dare(ing) them to appoint you’.  Long time members of Board Direction will confirm that a big part of what we emphasize on your CV, and in our thought leadership, is your previous experience & success in serving on a board. Whether it was a paid or unpaid role or whether it … Continued



Recruitment

What Boards Want (2): Prior Governance Experience.

Prior Governance Experience and What to Do if You Don’t Have It In another article I outlined the five (5) elements (skills, experience, connections, understanding & fit) that I understand most Chairs or Nominations Committees consider when making board appointments. Specifically, I detailed what executive skills are valued at board level but also, I hope, … Continued


Recruitment

What Boards Want (1): Executive skills.

The benefits of gaining a board appointment are considerable – both professionally and personally and there are hundreds of organisations looking for Non Executive Directors at any given moment. In order to be successfully appointed to a board or to submit an effective application it is important to first understand what skills appointing boards look for in potential … Continued


Personal Connections & Networks, Recruitment

How much research should you do for a NED application?

When it’s done right, thorough research will clearly and evidently separate you from your competitors and make you highly appointable. However, you must be prepared to do more than you might expect. Tell me what you know about the board you are applying for? is a question I have asked board candidates thousands of times. Unfortunately, their responses rarely extend … Continued



Recruitment

Transitioning from CEO to Non Executive Director – Is it really that difficult?

In my years as a Board and Executive Recruiter I have had countless conversations with both CEO’s looking for their first independent Non-Executive role and with Chair/Nomination Committees considering CEO’s for their boards. They often see transitioning from CEO to a Non-Executive Director as almost impossible. The conversations I have with each party are usually … Continued




Diversity, Personal Connections & Networks, Recruitment, The Value of NEDs

The Board Appointments Book

There are many things in life that you cannot prepare for but the board appointment process is not one of them. Non executive board directors often describe finding their first directorship as an arduous and time-consuming process. More experienced board members, suggest finding subsequent board roles equally challenging. For these reasons, the biggest mistake most … Continued


Personal Connections & Networks, Recruitment

How do I find a paid board role?

Gaining a paid board opportunity is a highly competitive process with both aspiring and existing board directors vying for the same positions.  There are four ways people get board appointments. With some of these approaches being far more effective than others. Recruiters, Not for Profits, Networks and the Direct Approach Executive Search Firms: Many believe that the best … Continued



Personal Connections & Networks, Recruitment

How to Get on a Board – The Fundamentals

Many think that the only thing that matters in a board selection process is that a candidate has the relevant skills to contribute to the board. But that’s rarely the only aspect boards look at when searching for the right candidate. As competition is fierce for board positions organisations can afford to pick through the applications of very good candidates to … Continued