Category: Tools & templates

Board Meeting Templates Kit

Date: 24 January 2024

Board meetings form the strategy of an organisation. This means that you have to have processes in place to record the meeting outcomes and action items accurately, manage the many administrative tasks and be able to facilitate the effectiveness of the board’s work. One of those processes is using templates to capture the important information generated by the meeting.  Having templates for the various record-keeping aspects of a board meeting helps you standardise your workflow, ensure all information is correct and be certain that you have met all your regulatory requirements too.  This board meeting templates kit provides a range […]

The Process Of Appointing A New Director + Board Resolution Template

Date: 8 November 2023

An effective and engaged board of directors is essential for the strategic momentum of an organisation. However, nearly half of directors believe that at least one of their board should be replaced and almost a fifth (19%) feel that two or more board members are failing to meet their expectations.  In these cases, and a range of other situations, the board must put into action procedures to find candidates that will add value to decision-making and, as a result, the organisation. With this in mind, we will provide a guide to the process of appointing a new director and a […]

How to Write a Board Member Agreement + Template to Align Directors

Date: 6 July 2023

A board member agreement is an internal document that clarifies the obligations, roles and responsibilities of board members, as well as their rights and the company’s expectations of them. It also formalises the agreement of the director to abide by these requirements.  Why is a board member agreement important? The aim of this document is to encourage effective service across the board, maintain focus on the aims and objectives of the company and protect directors and the organisation in the event of any legal issues.  Having a robust board member agreement for each individual on the board is an important […]

Boosting Meeting Effectiveness: Reflections on the "Key to More Productive Meetings" Webinar with David Allen

Date: 4 July 2023

Webinar SummaryDavid Allen, author of Getting Things Done, provided valuable insights into improving productivity and organisation. Allen shared his GTD methodology, which focuses on capturing, clarifying, organising, reviewing and engaging with commitments and tasks. The webinar highlighted that the brain is not designed to hold an unlimited amount of information, necessitating the offloading of tasks and reminders into an external system.  By implementing this methodology, individuals can achieve a clearer and more focused mindset, leading to increased productivity and effectiveness in meetings and daily work.  Key highlights: This article takes readers through the key points covered in the webinar and […]

How to Develop an Annual Operating Plan + Template

Date: 27 June 2023

You may have heard the famous quote, “give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe,” supposedly by Abraham Lincoln.  It highlights the importance of planning and preparation in order to do the job effectively. And that is the case with an annual operating plan in business. It is a document that, when prepared correctly, will create the framework your business needs to achieve its goals.  This article helps you create the document, providing an annual operating plan template on which to base yours.  What is an Annual Operating Plan […]

Board Orientation Checklist: Here Is How To Welcome New Members

Date: 22 February 2023

The onboarding process is essential to engage new starters, whether they are coming into an entry-level position or joining the board of directors. The Brandon Hall Group found that a robust onboarding process leads to increased retention by 82%. When you appoint a new director, you need them to hit the ground running and be committed for the duration of their term. And a board orientation checklist plays a key role in onboarding new directors effectively.  In this article, you will discover more reasons why board orientation is important, what the checklist is and how to create a document that […]

Here’s How You Should Write A Chairperson Report

Date: 25 April 2022

Whether you’re a chairperson or a company secretary, the chairperson’s report is an important part of this leadership role. For the purpose of this article, a chairperson may also be referred to as a president or chair – generally speaking, we’re referring to the presiding officer of your organisation, board, committee or assembly. But what are the rules, regulations and expectations behind writing a chairperson’s report? Does it have to be written by the chairperson themselves? What are the reporting requirements? How often should one be written? Let’s take a look at everything you need to know about preparing a […]

The Easy Way To Create An Executive Director Work Plan

Date: 13 April 2022

An executive director (ED) is a board position within a corporation or non-profit organisation that’s also an employee within the business itself. Executive directors hold immense responsibility and are part of the inner operations of the business – the title is interchangeable with chief executive officer, or CEO.  The CEO is involved in the day-to-day running of the business. They have their own KPIs and targets to hit as part of their role and are paid a salary – their remuneration package may also include commission or performance-related bonuses. The functions of an executive director differ from non-executive directors. The […]

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