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  • 01 Jun 2015

    Avoid the pitfalls

    For a new director, a carefully crafted 90-day plan makes for a smoother transition to governance and adds more value in the first year on a board. Tony Featherstone reports. An aspiring director, eager to impress, attends his first board meeting armed with a laptop and a long list of questions. I...

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  • 01 Jun 2015

    Disruptive forces

    There is growing recognition that some boards may not have enough technology expertise. Tony Featherstone considers the strategic risks and opportunities that have emerged from digital disruption. A new business buzzword, the “disruption director” seems an unusual way to describe the in...

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  • 01 Jun 2015

    Richard White

    A strong acquisition strategy and bold ambition has helped make WiseTech Global a truly international company, writes Leon Gettler. Software developer WiseTech Global is expected to list on ASX later this year. WiseTech specialises in making freight and logistics software under the CargoWise brand...

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  • 01 Jun 2015

    Food for thought

    Tasmania-based infant food producer and distributor, Bellamy’s Organic, has grown from humble beginnings to become an international company. Leon Gettler looks at the role of the chief executive officer and chair in the organisation’s stellar success. Laura McBain MAICD, the managing d...

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  • 01 May 2015

    To deed or not to deed

    Fiona Shand explains the importance of redrafting directors’ deeds of indemnity for incoming board members. The director community is well aware when offering their services to companies that their position is often precarious and exposed. As a result, directors have begun to pay more regard...

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  • 01 May 2015

    Q and A with Chris Thomas

    An outstanding board and executive team is helping Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research create the next chapter in its history, writes Tony Featherstone. A cavernous hallway at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI) neatly captures the old and the new. On the...

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  • 01 Apr 2015

    Duty Calls

    Strong due diligence is vital before joining government boards, but so is leaving politics at the boardroom door, writes Tony Featherstone. Dennis Mutton FAICD, a former public service executive, has chaired or been a non-executive director of more than two dozen government boards during a stellar...

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  • 01 Apr 2015

    A unified vision

    Commercial acumen and mutual respect have helped set the foundations for the young but successful relationship of UNICEF Australia’s chief executive officer and its president, writes Angela Faherty. International humanitarian organisation, UNICEF, works in more than 190 countries to promote ...

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  • 01 Feb 2015

    Driving sustainable growth

    Anthony Paech still lives on the family farm that has housed seven generations of his family, but the managing director of Beerenberg, a South Australian jam and condiments manufacturer, is leveraging governance to drive innovation. Anthony Paech feels he is part of something bigger. “When ...

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  • 01 Sep 2014

    Bringing the mission statement to life

    Kraig Grime says an organisation’s purpose and values should be the main driver for every board discussion and decision. Too often, organisations develop mission statements and values and then do not think about them again until their next strategic planning meeting. Successful boards know t...

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  • 01 Aug 2014

    Building up meaningful board packs

    Directors have always had to rely on what management tells them, but they have never been more concerned about the quality of their board packs. “We’ve certainly seen increasing pressure on boards to perform and I think that’s made them think more carefully about the quality of ...

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  • 01 Jul 2014

    Finding the finishing line

    Dr Robert Kay details the many decision-making factors that could make or break your attempts at innovation. Zilla Efrat reports. Fostering innovation involves complex and multi-levelled decision-making and although there is no magic formula for improving the process, looking at what influences it...

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  • 01 Jul 2014

    Keeping apace with change

    These days, organisations have no choice but to transform themselves as they follow a new map of reality. Israel Berman provides some pointers on how to prosper on this journey of discovery. For many years the business community has been talking about the need to change, what should we change and...

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  • 01 Jul 2014

    Don't get caught by a second strike

    John Egan provides pointers on how directors should approach executive pay this reporting season. Whether directors believe the “two strikes” rule has been a necessary addition or an unwelcome imposition to governance, its introduction three years ago has changed the board landscape. A...

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  • 01 Jun 2014

    A la carta

    John M Green compares many company charters to comfort food – filling, but lacking nutrition. Companies have rafts of charters, but how do we judge their effectiveness? The great charter, Magna Carta, gives us some clues. Much of it has survived, ancient rules that are now essential moder...

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  • 01 May 2014

    Time is precious use it wisely

    Life as a non-executive director can be helter skelter. Christopher Niesche investigates how to better juggle commitments and eliminate unnecessary tasks. When Graham Bradley FAICD stepped down as managing director of Perpetual a decade ago to begin his career as a non-executive director, he thoug...

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  • 01 May 2014

    Should directors think like owners

    Many boards still think like short-term monitors of management. Domini Stuart investigates whether thinking like an owner would enhance their performance and give them a longer-term perspective. Would directors be more attuned to the long-term viability and health of their companies if they though...

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  • 01 Mar 2014

    A revolution in stress

    Piers Thurston believes directors can help transform organisational stress from a cost to a competitive advantage. Almost eight out of 10 people regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress. As industry leaders, it makes sense for boards to tackle this costly issue. And, the first st...

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  • 01 Feb 2014

    Hiring a great CEO

    Karen Gately reveals the secrets to hiring a great CEO and outlines the common mistakes to avoid. Among the most important decisions any board of directors can make is who to appoint to the role of CEO. The decisions CEOs, in turn, make about the managers they entrust to lead their teams ...

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  • 01 Feb 2014

    Cultivating a 'business feel' in the boardroom

    The commercial world trains us to be objective and rational, but as Steven Segal argues, it doesn’t always attune us to listening to our “gut” for signs of danger. When there is a fire, firemen are called into action by the sound of an alarm bell. When there is an accident on the roa...

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