How to Get Appointed

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What Board can I Realistically be Appointed to?

By David Schwarz | Feb 21, 2020

In a previous article, I wrote about how long you should expect to wait for a board appointment. I rather glibly stated that it was a simple equation – the harder you work the luckier you will get. Whilst true, it is also true to say that hard work alone isn’t everything. You must also be … Continued

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The Risks and Rewards of a Board Appointment

By David Schwarz | Feb 21, 2020

There are plenty of reasons why you should consider a board appointment – personal and professional. But for some the risk is just too great – though there are many, many more who think the rewards outweigh those risks and will take that appointment if you don’t want it. There are a number of experienced … Continued

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The 7 Rewards of Becoming a Non-Executive Director

By David Schwarz | Feb 20, 2020

Whilst board appointments bring some risk for most, the rewards of taking on a board directorship far outweigh the risks. Which is why so many people want board appointments. Having helped put thousands of people on to boards it will come as no surprise that I actively encourage people to gain board appointments or develop board careers. … Continued

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Is Diversity in the Boardroom the Answer to Future Growth?

By David Schwarz | Feb 20, 2020

It could be! Today it is commonly regarded that board diversity has increased the performance of boards and the organisations they represent (though there is still some debate going on). However, the conversation about board diversity has stalled around gender diversity. As such, there is a strong push to increase the number of women on … Continued

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There are 6 Strands of Diversity for Boards to Consider

By David Schwarz | Feb 20, 2020

The question of board diversity is one that tends to come up often in discussions surrounding the appointment of new board members but the conversation often stalls around the topic of gender diversity and prior governance experience. Did you know that there are in fact 6 strands of diversity? I outline them below. However, what … Continued

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Is the Transition from Executive to Non-Executive Director really that Difficult?

By David Schwarz | Feb 20, 2020

In my years as a Board and Executive Recruiter I have had countless conversations with both CEO’s looking for their first independent Non-Executive role and with Chair/Nomination Committees considering CEO’s for their boards. They often see transitioning from an Executive to a Non-Executive Director as almost impossible. The conversations I have with each party are … Continued

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Why you should be using LinkedIn Groups to find and build Board Connections

By David Schwarz | Feb 20, 2020

Building the right connections are crucial to your next board appointment.. If you have read any of my posts in the past you will know how important I think developing connections are in gaining a board appointment. In fact, I have this conversation with my members on an almost daily basis. Why are they so … Continued

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The Four Ways Board Appointments are Made

By David Schwarz | Feb 20, 2020

Typically, board appointments take place via four avenues: Through your personal connections; By a candidate directly approaching a board or organisation; By responding to an advertisement, or Through an executive search firm, recruiter or headhunter. Whilst some of these avenues are more effective than others, there is a strong chance that you will need to navigate … Continued

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How Much Do ‘Old School Networks’ Count?

By David Schwarz | Feb 20, 2020

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 … Continued

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