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With no board experience – who will appoint you? What roles should you pursue?

By David Schwarz | Apr 16, 2020

You need to be clear on what sort of board you would like to sit on and know what value you offer.

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Where to begin with no board experience: Leveraging your executive experience

By David Schwarz | Mar 26, 2020

You need to identify your executive skills that are valuable at board level and be able to articulate it.

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How to write a Board Profile that Dares them not to Appoint You

By David Schwarz | Mar 12, 2020

An effective board profile can make the difference between being appointed or not even seen for an interview.

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Three Desirable Criteria for a Board Candidate

By David Schwarz | Feb 21, 2020

In my previous article, I spoke about the five core criteria that Chairs look for in the ‘perfect’ board candidate. They were 1. Prior governance experience – having sat on or worked with boards before 2. An executive skill set that is valuable at board level. 3. Networks and relationships that can be utilised by … Continued

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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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