SkillsBank is just one way in which Leadership New Zealand and our alumni connect with the not-for-profit (NFP) sector. It is the “give back” part of Leadership New Zealand where we link up alumni with not for profit organisations to develop capacity and provide pro bono support around a range of areas.
Below are a number of resources which may be of use to those involved in SkillsBank, as well as anyone interested in Leadership in the Community.
A stronger New Zealand through better boards
Action often speaks louder than words. So in March 2012 Simon Telfer launched an initiative to address the lack of diversity and transparency in New Zealand board appointments. Appoint advertises governance vacancies to a broad audience as well as allowing directors and trustees to profile themselves directly to organisations.
“We want New Zealand to be an enviable place to live and work,” Telfer says, “but to achieve this we need our commercial and social enterprises to be robust, vibrant and ambitious. We believe that strong governance, through better boards, is key to making this happen”.
The Appoint community has quickly grown to over 2,000 directors and trustees. Telfer is proud that around half of these members are women, half 45 years of age or under and around a quarter are non New Zealand European in ethnicity. This diversity of membership has been actively sought. Last year Appoint promoted 140 governance roles and facilitated the appointment of the successful person in around a quarter of these.
Leadership New Zealand and Appoint have entered in to a partnership to help promote governance opportunities as well as encourage alumni to profile themselves as potential directors or trustees.
CEO Sina Wendt-Moore's Article in NZ Management Magazine
- July 2012
There is growing recognition today of the value that diversity brings to a board table and the positive impact that can have on an organization’s performance. In my view, we need to build boards that are diverse, connected and passionate; that lead with integrity, purpose and creativity. Strong governance requires people that bring unique lenses and mindsets to building robust and strong enterprises.
Across the various worlds I engage in, I'm increasingly being asked by aspiring directors and people seeking governance roles, “How do I go about developing my career in governance?” Conversely, from Chairs and boards interested in diversifying the talent around their board tables, “How can we identify and recruit skilled and talented people from a more diverse pool of experienced managers, executives, practitioners across society to take up governance roles?”
As part of my ongoing commitment to growing a new generation of authentic and ethical leaders, and increasing diversity on New Zealand boards here are my Top 6 Tips that will help you kick-start or develop your governance career. Based on my own experience, research, networks and connections I have made - there are some fundamental things you need to do if you are serious about taking on governance roles.
Two Valuable Resources for Current and Aspiring Not-For-Profit Board Members
- April 2012
A common request of SkillsBank is to assist NFPs find board members for them. Many of our alumni are on the boards of NFPs either through SkillsBank or through their own networks. Below are two resources that may be useful either when considering to become a board member or if you currently serve on the board for a Not For Profit.
Anyone considering a NFP board appointment should carry out some due diligence before committing to being on a board – and there are many views as to how much due diligence is enough. This is a decision that each person must make for themselves. Boardworks International has prepared a very comprehensive checklist for would-be board members.
Boardworks International: "Carrying out Due Diligence Prior to Joining a Board” »
Another recent topic of conversation in the NFP governance space is whether NFP board members should be required to hold particular qualifications or have prescribed experience. A search on the net will provide you with some insights to what is currently being discussed globally. In the meantime, those thinking about becoming a board member or who are already a board member can keep up to date with the latest developments in the governance arena by attending seminars or workshops. These are run by a range of organisations at various times, including SpringBoard who are running governance workshops this year at various locations.