personal connections
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 […]

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 […]

Board Appointments book
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 […]

paid board role
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 […]

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 […]

old school networks
Diversity, Personal Connections & Networks, Recruitment

How Much Do ‘Old School Networks’ Count?

The importance of our networks can never be underestimated when it comes to the board appointment process. So when asked how much old school networks count in a board appointment, the simple answer to this question is: ‘It depends on whether a board considers itself a rockpool or a Northern Quoll.’ Rockpool vs Northern Quoll […]