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Personal Connections & Networks, Recruitment

LinkedIn & Your Board Search

LinkedIn – a highly underrated tool for your board search It is no secret that I love using LinkedIn – infact, with over 20,000 connections, I am a Top 10 Australian, LinkedIn user. I love using it because: it has some great functionality; it allows me to connect with individuals directly and provides an easy … Continued


Personal Connections & Networks, Recruitment

What Chairs Want (3): Your Personal Connections

 In my last couple of articles I outlined the five elements that I understand most Chairs or Nominations Committees consider when making board appointments: executive skills governance experience personal connections understanding and passion for the work cultural fit Specifically, I detailed what executive skills are valued at board level but also why evidencing prior governance experience … 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




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



Personal Connections & Networks, Recruitment

Why Being Good Enough Counts More Than You Think

Being good enough counts – especially when it comes to board appointments. When applying for a board role, being good enough counts much more than you think. Unlike many senior executive appointment processes where tens of thousands of dollars are often spent on a recruitment process or a recruitment consultant and that is tied to a rigid process, the board appointment process … Continued


Personal Connections & Networks, Recruitment

How to win a board position

Preparation and forethought are prerequisites to obtaining a board role.  From the perspective of an office junior or intern, taking a seat at a boardroom table can seem an impossible dream. But commitment and persistence pay off, and a career puncuated by achievement can eventually mark you as a genuine contender. You’re unlikely to be … Continued