Most senior leaders have some level of experience working with boards. Despite experiencing challenges with their boards, however, they often hesitate to get formal training in this area because they don’t want to waste time learning things they already know or getting general information that doesn’t apply to their unique situation. Our Advanced Governance Training for Senior Leaders is designed to address these challenges. The training begins by providing a fast-paced overview of key governance areas that allows participants to identify their own areas of strength and weakness and allows the instructor to enhance their skills and knowledge in the areas where it is most needed. Participants leave each day of the training with concrete learning that they can apply immediately to work more effectively with their boards. They report back on the success of their application efforts at each training session to get feedback from the instructor that can help them further improve results in their organization.

Instructional Objectives:

The following topics will be covered:

  • The core principles of good governance
  • Evaluating your organization’s level of governance effectiveness
  • Purpose of a board: modes of governance
  • Understanding roles, responsibilities and authority of boards, directors and chief executives
  • Techniques for realigning board/management roles, responsibilities and authority that has strayed from best practices
  • Strategic and operational planning best practices
  • Best practices for organizing and holding successful meetings (board, committee and AGM)
  • Systems for facilitating better preparation for meetings
  • Oversight and monitoring
  • Committees and task groups: optimizing their use
  • Terms of reference: what, why and how
  • Succession planning: ensuring board strength for the long haul
  • Attracting new board members that fit your culture
  • Onboarding and training board and committee members
  • Systems for assessing board performance
  • Creating board work plans
  • Improving the board/management relationship
  • Policy and bylaw development and review
  • Ethics, confidentiality, privacy, conflicts of interest and other issues of maintaining integrity
  • Legal and regulatory requirements impacting different types of organizations
  • Shareholder and stakeholder influences
  • Common dysfunctional board cultures and dynamics: how to spot them and shift them
  • Key communications skills for increasing your influence
  • Facilitating informed and strategic decision-making on your board
  • Building and achieving consensus
  • Team-building tips and tools to enhance relationships within the board and with management

Measurable Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the training, participants will have:

  • Identified their skill and knowledge gaps that have been getting in the way of optimum Board functioning;
  • Created a one-year action plan to address their skill and knowledge gaps; and
  • Begun implementation of their plan and applied their new skills and knowledge in at least three encounters with the Board as a whole, with individual board members or with staff members who interact with the Board.

This program builds competencies in the following areas:

Duration: 12 Hours, 24 Hours, 36 Hours, 48 Hours

Format: Entrepreneur Training, Group Training, One-on-One Training