How to Get Appointed

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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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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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