Learning through practical experience and reflection

We recognise your commitment and contribution to excellence

DPD is defined as activities “undertaken to improve directors’ skills and capabilities”. We recognise that you may develop your skills and capabilities through seeking guidance on governance and directorship issues and by reflecting on your practical experience that contributes to organisational governance and performance.

In alignment with our organisation’s role of encouraging excellence in governance and performance, you are eligible to accrue DPD units for practical experience and reflection.

We recognise the learning experiences you have when you:

  • Seek guidance from others; and
  • Reflect on your practical experiences

As we believe this demonstrates your commitment and application to contributing to greater effectiveness in your role, in governance and/or organisational performance.

The learning and/or insights you gain or develop through practical experience or reflection is recognised for DPD where it:

  • Is aligned with the Company Directors Corporate Governance FrameworkTM;
  • Contributes to new thinking;
  • Is actionable and influences your practice and behaviours;
  • Creates opportunities for you to grow and develop your capability;
  • Involves active seeking, sense-making and sharing of the knowledge that exists in the director community.

DPD categories. Learning through practical experience and reflection is recognised under two categories:

  1. Expanding your thinking (guidance sought on governance and directorship)
  2. Reflecting on valuable experiences (undertaking a reflective post-scenario review).

Expanding Your Thinking

Are you working towards a directorship goal? Do you need to deliver on a new project or initiative(s)?

We will recognise your activities that demonstrate a thoughtful process of sourcing input, knowledge and/or guidance from others with expertise or prior experience of similar scenarios to that which you need to undertake.

Whilst attending board meetings for directorships (paid or unpaid) does not qualify for professional development, we believe the process of reaching out to others offers learning opportunities and influences the potential quality of decisions and outcomes.

To this end, we support and appreciate our members who:

  • Explore a range of alternative ideas and solutions in practicing their roles;
  • Seek to develop capabilities as appropriate to their unique context;
  • Become aware of potential cognitive dissonance;
  • Remain open to evidence or information that may disconfirm an established position; and
  • Seek to create mutual or reciprocal value in peer-to-peer exchanges and
  • Strive to enhance organisational performance.

What guidance is eligible?

We will recognise those who seek to enhance their performance by asking more questions, considering new thinking, broadening options and/or working through more diverse feedback before choosing a course of action.

DPD units can be accrued for guidance sought when there is clear intent to strive for excellence in governance and performance and a willingness to pursue continuous improvement or to challenge accepted wisdom that may be out-of-date.

This activity will accrue 5 DPD units. Please keep a record in case you are selected in our random audit.

Further information - see our template for seeking guidance and expanding your thinking.

Reflecting on valuable experiences

Actions and decisions, viewed in hindsight, offer learning opportunities as individuals gain insights into “what we/I could have done differently”.

The process of reflection supports deeper learning as individuals consider underlying values, assumptions, areas of potential bias, concerns and identify possible areas for improvement.

The option to accrue DPD units for writing a reflective review is similar to accruing units for publishing articles or delivering presentations on significant experiences in directorship or governance.

However, if you are unable to publish or present your experience (e.g. for confidentiality concerns or lack of opportunity), there is still great value in the process of recording the impact of your activities and lessons learned.

Such reflections may contribute to your professional development and/or that of the wider director community (if shared with peers or within trusted networks without breaching privacy or confidentiality). Please contact our Communications team if you would like to share your reflections with us.

A completed reflective review will accrue 10 DPD units. Please keep a record in case you are selected in our random audit.