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Business Boards – What Works & Why
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Business Boards – What Works & Why

2-Day Training Course examining the fundamentals of board business – as they relate to commercial operations.

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Key Learning Objectives

  • Analyse changes in governance
  • Understand the basis of these changes and the factors that caused them
  • Review options for different stages of a company’s life
  • Examine the main tasks responsibilities facing a company board
  • Speculate on trends that are likely to occur in the next ten years


Value Add

Participants will also have the opportunity for a Q&A with a current board director over lunch, who will be invited from a relevant company/industry for course participants.


About the Course

These two days will combine practical examples and case studies with a theoretical framework for use outside the course.

Participants will be involved in case studies that present the dilemmas faced by directors in dealing with a variety of stakeholders.

The course begins with an overview of changes in governance practices in the corporate sector, with discussion around the background to the major shifts in Australia.

At the completion of the two day programme, participants will have the knowledge and tools to critically examine company practices and suggest improvements in roles, responsibilities and reporting.


Who Will Benefit

  • Any employee of an organisation who is required to liaise with, present to or understand the role of the company’s board
  • Representatives of shareholder organisations who are required to hold boards of directors accountable
  • Regulators and stakeholders who would benefit from understanding how governance works in practice in companies
  • Service providers to any of the key parties in corporate governance to broaden their understanding of the key issues

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Course Outline

Background and overview

  • Aims and learning objectives
  • Sharing the experience in the room
  • Course structure and format


The business of boards

  • Why do boards exists?
  • When did they evolve and why?
  • What are the features of a ‘governance system’?


Governance principles

  • What can we expect of a board?
  • How do we know if a board is doing a good job?
  • Principles of governance
  • Case study: Based on an Australian example


Group discussion and feedback


The governance players

  • Key players in the governance equation
  • Roles and expectations of each
  • Shifting responsibilities and stakeholder management
  • Case study: Based on an Australian example


Group discussion and feedback


Trends and developments, international comparisons

  • Recent developments in board practices in Australia
  • Some international comparisons
  • Do Australian boards lead or lag their international counterparts?


Best practice board composition and structure

  • The makeup and structure of boards
  • Why composition matters
  • Thinking about structure to make a board work well
  • Case study: Based on an Australian example


Critiquing board operations

  • Meetings, agendas and paperwork
  • The strategy continuum
  • Monitoring performance, encouraging performance and how to balance the two


Q&A with a company director


Reviewing board performance for benchmarking purposes

  • Reviewing the performance of boards – who should do this and what is effective?
  • Examples of board review in use today
  • How to decide on the most suitable approach for a board
  • Case study: Based on an Australian example


Discussion and feedback


Summary and action points

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Sushil Kunwar
Training Consultant
+61 (0)2 9080 4395

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