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What Boards want (5): Demonstrable Passion

By David Schwarz | Feb 21, 2020

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

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What Boards want (4): Cultural Fit

By David Schwarz | Feb 21, 2020

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 are … Continued

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What Chairs Want (3): Your Personal Connections

By David Schwarz | Feb 21, 2020

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

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What Boards Want (2): Prior Governance Experience.

By David Schwarz | Feb 21, 2020

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, encouraged you … Continued

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What Boards Want (1): Executive skills.

By David Schwarz | Feb 21, 2020

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

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Do you know the 5 KEY things a chair wants to see from a Board Candidate?

By David Schwarz | Feb 21, 2020

In my last article, I wrote about why people who want a board appointment spend too much time articulating why they think that they should be appointed to a board and that they don’t spend enough time considering what the motivations are for the Chair (the ultimate decision-maker). Regardless of the scope or scale of your … Continued

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Articulation – The most valuable thing you can do to gain a Board Appointment!

By David Schwarz | Feb 21, 2020

Aspiration, Articulation and Application (Target, Pitch and Persevere) are the three pillars of a board appointment. If you get any of them wrong, your journey to a board appointment will be unstructured, take longer and will result in frustration – making your journey unsustainable and unsuccessful. My last few articles have dealt the first pillar … Continued

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Want a board appointment? Understanding the Fundamental Attribution Error is well, fundamental.

By David Schwarz | Feb 21, 2020

Aspiration, Articulation, and Application (Targets, Pitch, and Persevere) are the three pillars of a board appointment. If you get any of them wrong your journey to a board appointment will be unstructured, take longer, and will likely result in your frustration and potentially you quitting your search. With approximately 65% of all appointments occurring through … Continued

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Defining which boards to target – 8 Questions to Ask Yourself

By David Schwarz | Feb 21, 2020

In my previous article, I wrote about determining which board you could realistically be appointed to. Let me be clear, there is nothing wrong with having big aspirations for your board career. However, you need to base your aspirations on the current experience that you have built up. You really have to be realistic as to … Continued

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