Board Decision Making Checklist (ePublication)
Board decisions often have far-reaching consequences and significant impacts on the future of the organisation.
Decisions that are made without due consideration or planning, are seldom good or effective. As such we recommend that Boards adopt a systematic and disciplined approach in their decision-making processes.
This means that Management must provide the Board with timely, sufficient and correct information. The flow of information between Board and Management should allow directors ample opportunity to probe, analyse, and obtain insights, in order to form proper decisions.
This publication also discuss the importance of clear decision-making lines, and the Board and Management dichotomy in the decision-making processes. In other words, organisation should have clear criteria on which decisions should go to the Board, and which are 100% Management.
In addition our Checklist suggests practical hints on how to improve Board decision-making processes via:
- Board and Management relations and co-operations
- Formalising the decision-making processes
- Use of Board Annual Calendars
It also includes templates of Board Decision Checklist and Board Annual Calendars, and can be readily adapted for use.
Directors Code of Ethics and Conduct (ePublication)
Every organisation should have an ethical framework, and every board should have a Directors Code of Conduct document.
Moreover, the Code of Conduct document should exhibit the values and principles enshrined in the ethical framework of the organisation.
Why is that so?
Because an ethical framework lays down the values and principles by which the organisation sets about achieving its purpose.
And a Code of Conduct document that reflects the organisation values and principles benefits both the board and the organisation.
On the one hand, it ensures the directors focus their attention and effort on what matters – guiding the organisation so that it fulfils its purpose.
And on the other hand, the document clearly specifies the organisation’s ethical expectations on its directors.
Potential directors can also gauge if their personal values align with those of the organisation before formal appointment.
The Directors Code of Ethics and Conduct gives an overview on:
- the benefits of adopting an ethical approach to corporate governance
- how to develop the code of ethics and conduct
- fiduciary duties and responsibilities of the board
In addition, the publication provides practical examples of issues and challenges to consider before accepting board appointments.
We also include an example of a Directors Code of Conduct document, which you can readily adapt for your organisation.
Staff Engagement: Your Key to Success (ePublication)
Staff Engagement guarantees success. It is a journey worth taking.
Many organisations conduct at least an annual staff engagement survey. The high-performance organisations include it as part of an evolving staff engagement program.
Why? It is seen to significantly contribute to directly helping attain business success on a sustainable basis.
This ePublication assists you to formulate an effective staff engagement program; which in turn ensures evident improvement of your organisation’s performance, and leading to long-term successes.
Topics covered include:
- Contemporary research on staff engagement and business performance
- Core Staff Engagement Drivers
- Essential elements of a sound staff engagement program
- Misconceptions about staff engagement
Identify and act to improve staff engagement, embrace the journey.
Governance and Board Papers Template (ePublication)
The best decisions need to be based on good information.
Directors rely on management for timely and accurate information. Without this, the Board struggles to make effective decisions.
As Board decisions impact the organisation, it needs to involve formalised Board Papers. Not only will this facilitate better discussions, it will lead to better decision-making.
In addition it provides an excellent formal record of the Board’s decisions. It is also a great reference to assess the successes of past decisions.
So do you have high quality Board papers that your Directors can confidently rely on to make the right decisions?
If not, then our newly released Governance and Board Papers Template will certainly help.
Our Template details the steps so that you can develop your own valuable Board Papers. The template also lists and identifies items for inclusion in a valued Board Paper.
Experience the difference as Board members and Management more confidently engage in the task of decision-making.
As a bonus this ePublication includes a Board Paper sample and it is ready-to-use as a customisable template.
The Employment Deed of Release (ePublication)
All employees eventually will leave the organisation. Whenever this occurs it is wise to use a Deed of Release. Everyone then knows the separation issues has been discussed, agreed and recorded accurately.
This ePublication lists various matters that should be included in a Deed of Release. It also has a section which explains the reasoning and offers insights into why certain matters are to be considered for inclusion.
Provided as a Word document template the Employment Deed of Release is ready to use and can be customised for your organisation.
Directors and Officers Insurance Checklist (ePublication)
Do you know what to look for when purchasing Directors and Officers Insurance?
Is your current insurance cover fit for purpose?
Designed and written for Company Secretaries and Directors, this Checklist outlines the various questions that should be considered about Directors and Officers insurance, detailing thirty-one (31) Key Review Areas in a ready-to-use template. Against each of the highlighted thirty-one (31) Key Review Areas, it offers useful commentary. This includes what are some of the important aspects to look for as a solution; or suggestions of what may be relevant for you to consider to be appropriate.
Key Review Areas include:
- What are the duties and obligations placed on each director?
- Who might be the potential claimants against you as a director?
- Are there any needs specific to my industry or circumstances that should be specifically addressed in my Directors and Officers coverage?
- Are there any exclusions that I am not comfortable with?
The Directors and Officers Insurance Checklist is provided as a WORD document, which can be edited and customised to your organisation’s requirements. It can be implemented immediately to review the adequacy and suitability of your current insurance cover.