Due Diligence, Recruitment

Contacting a Company About a Board Opportunity

You scanned our available board vacancies and found the perfect board opportunity for you. You have done your online research as well as your personal research, so now you feel ready to complete a board application that will stand out above the rest. But before you write your application, there is one final element to … Continued



Due Diligence, Recruitment

Doing Online Research for Your Board Appointment

To gain a board appointment you must separate yourself from your competitors – of which there are many. But how do you do that? OVERWHELMINGLY the best way to do this, and I have seen it happen time and time again, is by conducting in-depth research. The problem is the vast majority of candidates don’t … Continued


Recruitment

The Chairperson is your Key

We all know that Chair’s are confident, self-assured individuals with great intellect and management skills right. Perhaps, but they are but they also spend much of their time concerning themselves with the dynamics of their board – particularly when it comes to appointing a new Director. In a previous article, I looked at the four … Continued


Recruitment

The Four Ways Board Appointments are Made

Typically, board appointments take place via four avenues: Through your personal connections; By a candidate directly approaching a board or organisation; By responding to an advertisement or Through an executive search firm, recruiter or headhunter. Whilst some of these avenues are more effective than others, there is a strong chance that you will need to … Continued


Recruitment

A Board Profile That Dares Them Not to Appoint You

Of fundamental importance is understanding and being able to articulate your offering to a board. Whilst this may seem obvious it is one of the most significant challenges I see potential board members struggle with. Further, beyond providing clarity in your own mind,  your board profile must also form the basis of your CV, your cover letter … Continued


Recruitment

The Fundamental Attribution Error Changes Everything

You may ask what the Fundamental Attribution Error (FAE) is. Malcolm Gladwell writes about this in his bestselling book, Tipping Point. He writes that the Fundamental Attribution Error stems from the fact that people ‘instinctively want to explain the world around them in terms of people’s essential attributes.’ In other words, they do not take … Continued


Recruitment

Branding Yourself as a Non-Executive Director

When it comes to gaining a seat on a board, your ‘brand’ can make the difference between being considered appointable or not. Further, having a brand that does not suggest you are a Non-Executive or desire to be appointed to a board can prevent opportunities even presenting themselves to you. As such, getting your brand right is probably the … Continued


Recruitment, Uncategorized

Desirable Criteria for a Board Candidate

Board Direction helps you fast track your board appointment – find out more. In my previous article, I highlighted the core criteria needed to be a board candidate. Beyond the core criteria that any Chair will want to see proven in a successful board candidate, there are three desirable criteria that they will also increasingly … Continued


Recruitment

What Does a Successful Board Candidate Look Like?

Board Direction helps you fast track your board appointment – find out more. I needn’t tell you that there are as many types of boards as there are sectors and industries within. Therefore, the advice I am presenting you about being a successful board candidate, will need to be filtered into your own industry context, … Continued


Recruitment

Gaining a Role on a Not-for-Profit Board

Over the past few weeks, I have been looking at the various types of boards. Today I would like to discuss one that’s probably my favourite: the Not-for-Profit Board. The merits of serving on a Not-for-Profit board Time after time I hear clients of mine articulate that they are not interested in any opportunities on … Continued


Recruitment

Gaining a Board Role in the Commercial Sector

I have written before about the 3 types of boards that are commonly available to those who seek to serve on a board. I previously wrote about Government Boards and Committees. Today I want to focus on boards in the Commercial Sector and the different strategies and tactics required to gain an appointment. 5 Different Types of … Continued


Recruitment

Finding a Role with Government Boards or Committees

There are 3 types of boards that are commonly available to those who seek to serve on a board. They include: Government Boards & Committees Commercial Boards Not for Profit Boards In this article, I want to focus on Government Boards and Committees. Government Boards and Committees exist in a wide range of industries In … Continued