Governance Training Workshops & Mentoring

At Board Clarity we regularly conduct board governance training workshops in New Zealand to help boards and trusts become more effective.

  • – Workshops are held in-house so the emphasis can be put on your board’s particular needs and so you have privacy to discuss sensitive board issues.
  • – Our preference is to train the entire board and CEO because this achieves the best results.
  • – There are generally 8-15 participants per workshop which allows good interaction between participants and with the facilitator.
  • – Pre-workshop interviews (one-to-one), board observations, a review of board documents, a manual blitz, plus follow-up one to one and full board coaching are standard features of our governance development programmes (at no additional cost).

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Governance Principles Workshop

Is your board clear about its role? Do you want to ensure you are working at a strategic level and letting the CEO manage? This introductory workshop will give you in-depth knowledge and resources to improve the performance of your board using an approach known as Policy Governance®. Recognised as international best practice and referenced by key NZ Government funding agencies, Policy Governance® will provide you with a system to radically improve your board’s performance. This workshop will provide you with a clear understanding of how this approach can add to your board and enough information to work as a board to start putting it into practice.

You’ll learn:

  • – The principles of Policy Governance®
  • – How to achieve clarity of purpose
  • – Ways to clarify the governance role through understanding who the board is accountable to
  • – How to manage risk while empowering the CEO
  • – How to be more effective as a board through implementing clear practices
  • – Steps to take in adopting this systematic approach to governance.

Title: Governance Principles Workshop
Length: 7 hours (ideally on one day, but can be spread over two)
Number of participants: 8-15
Prerequisites: None (but participants with previous governance training or study often gain the most from this programme)
Course materials: Pre-course reading and policy templates provided
Location: By arrangement (we have delivered this workshop in all the main centres and in a number of remote locations including the Chatham Islands)

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‘Manual Blitz’ and Comprehensive Implementation

Does your board understand the principles of Policy Governance® but need help developing and implementing policy? During this workshop your board will develop a full set of board policies that provides a complete framework for board decision making so you can start leading the organisation more effectively. We then stay with your board for several months assisting with reports to the board, boardroom coaching and one-to-one support.

You will develop four key policy areas:

  • – Governance (how the board manages itself)
  • – Board-CEO delegations (including monitoring)
  • – Executive limitations (the CEO’s operational boundaries)
  • – Ends (return on investment or impact on society).

Title: Manual Blitz’ and Comprehensive Implementation
Length: 7 hours (ideally on one day, but can be spread over two)
Number of participants: 8-15
Prerequisites: Governance Essentials or similar training
Course materials: Pre-course reading and policy templates provided
Location: By arrangement (we have delivered this workshop in all the main centres and in a number of remote locations including the Chatham Islands)

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Governance Principles for Auditors, Funders and Advisors

Does your agency need to maintain productive and positive relationships with boards? This workshop will improve your ability to maintain professional, productive and positive relationships with boards, assess and recognise effective governance and explain what to do if it is absent. You’ll develop tailored guidelines that can be used as part of your assessment and capacity building ‘toolkit’.

Title: Governance Principles for Auditors, Funders and Advisors
Length: Half day
Number of participants: 10-15
Prerequisites: None
Course materials: Pre-reading and templates provided
Location: By arrangement

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Not Quite What You Are After?

Board Clarity can develop a workshop to suit your board’s requirements, for example, risk management, adopting British Standards Code of Effective Governance community engagement, conflict resolution and board/CEO relationships.

Please contact us for more information.

Policy Governance® is an internationally registered service mark of John Carver. Registration is only to ensure accurate description of the model rather than for financial gain. The model is available free to all with no royalties or license fees for its use. The authoritative website for the Policy Governance model is at www.carvergovernance.com