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  • 01 Dec 2014

    Room for improvement

    Economic concern, taxation reform and government failings are the key findings from the 2014 second half Director Sentiment Index, writes Angela Faherty. Directors are more pessimistic about the future health of the Australian economy than ever before, a study has found. Figures from the 2014 sec...

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  • 01 Dec 2014

    Policy priorities for 2015

    A monthly review of the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ policy and advocacy team’s key projects and issues. In November we lodged a submission with the Competition Policy Review Panel in response to its draft report. Our submission focuses mainly on the recommended changes t...

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  • 01 Dec 2014

    Executive turning point

    Phillip Cenere FAIM GAICD investigates the value of coaching and mentoring and asks how executives and directors can navigate critical turning points in their careers. As the associate dean of a business school and as a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors NSW Council, curriculu...

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  • 01 Dec 2014

    Uneasy bedfellows

    Prudence J. Smith and Nicolas J. Taylor explain why directors must tread with caution when it comes to competition law. Business media salivates when company directors find themselves on the wrong side of the Competition and Consumer Act (the Act) and its regulator, the Australian Competition and ...

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  • 01 Dec 2014

    No room for complacency

    Phil Ruthven looks at what is in store for Australia and the global economy in 2015. In the industrial age up to the mid-1960s, companies focused more on the inside of their businesses when planning for the year ahead: an inside-out or fortress planning mentality.  However, in this new age a...

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  • 01 Dec 2014

    A Christmas wish

    Neil Waters explains why greater flexibility and improved long-term planning should feature in the board career objectives of directors in 2015. I can remember one of my early board assignments many years ago when I sat down with the nominations committee to review a list of potential candidates....

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  • 01 Dec 2014

    Knowledge is power

    Regina Fikkers outlines the key financial reporting issues directors will face in 2015 and the implications this may have for organisations. It has never been more important for directors to have a deep understanding of financial reporting and the implications for their company. As representative...

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  • 01 Dec 2014

    Targeting greater political diversity

    Our governments need to draw from a broader pool of electoral candidates if they are to meet their goals, writes John H C Colvin. Our system of government is suffering from a narrowing of the political “gene pool”. The current governance arrangements relating to political office, incl...

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  • 01 Dec 2014

    Global tax shake-up

    Increased attention on international transactions will be top of mind for board members in 2015, says Brett Cox. As we approach 2015, the big tax items on the minds of board members around corporate Australia relate to the ever increasing focus on the taxation of international transactions, and th...

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  • 01 Dec 2014

    Breaking new ground

    Cross-cultural diversity on boards is becoming a bigger issue as companies recognise the importance of directors with global experience. But are antiquated traditions stifling progress? Domini Stuart reports. There are strong arguments for recruiting a director from a country with which you are d...

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  • 01 Dec 2014

    Q and A with David Bayes

    The president of the Victoria Division Council discusses the importance of engagement and education when serving on a board. Company Director (CD): What is your background? David Bayes (DB): As a director, I have been fortunate to have good opportunities to serve across different industries and ...

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  • 01 Dec 2014

    Defend and protect

    Digital disruption will continue to dominate boardroom discussions in 2015. Matthew Sainsbury explains why directors and organisations cannot afford to rest on their laurels when it comes to safeguarding against risk. Disruptive organisations are using technology to challenge incumbents in every ...

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  • 01 Dec 2014

    Q and A with Joe Hockey

    The federal Treasurer tells Tony Featherstone about his long-term outlook  and explains why Australia’s “greatest-ever era” is tied to Asia. Nobody could accuse the federal Treasurer, Joe Hockey (Twitter @JoeHockey) of thinking small. In a speech to company directors, he out...

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  • 01 Dec 2014

    Moving out of the shadows

    The changing employment landscape means companies must adopt a more dynamic and technological strategy when it comes to attracting and retaining skilled workers. Domini Stuart reports. Recruitment used to be simple. When someone resigned you looked for a replacement, or you advertised to fill a ne...

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  • 01 Dec 2014

    Earnings guidance slashed for 2015

    John M Green suggests boards rethink whether volunteering of earnings guidance is worth the effort and the stress. “Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future,” said soccer player and Nobel Prize-winning physicist, Niels Bohr. Crystal balls are always clo...

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  • 01 Dec 2014

    Duty to all?

    Professor Bob Baxt asks whether the law should be changed to enable directors to legally take into account the interests of stakeholders. Readers of this magazine may be aware that the Governance Institute of Australia (GIA) is currently seeking comment on an interesting discussion paper entitled ...

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  • 01 Dec 2014

    Out with the old

    In 2015, boards must allow for creative discussions that will encourage innovation and challenge the status quo, says John Barrington. The long shadow of the global financial crisis continues to cast a pall over economic activity. The uncertain and volatile environment within which boards have be...

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  • 01 Dec 2014

    Do your due diligence...on yourself

    Have you done the right checks on your own finances? Rob MacLean explains how to prepare for non-executive life by reviewing your personal circumstances. Somewhere around the age of 45 and 55, many people will experience a mid-life transition. For executives and professionals, pursuing a career as...

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  • 01 Dec 2014

    Pioneering change

    Former equities analyst Dan Collins talks to Christopher Niesche about how a personal experience spurred him to create a new healthcare model, GenesisCare. Dan Collins could be considered an unlikely driver of change in the Australian healthcare system. A former equities analyst, he had no experie...

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  • 01 Dec 2014

    Will capital be the next battleground

    Increased accountability in equity raising means many boards may need to review their balance of skill sets to better evaluate key capital decisions, says John Hobson. In June this year, in an opening salvo flagging that capital raising is set to be the next shareholder battleground, the Australia...

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