Governance and leadership discussions at the Better Boards Conference

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Coaching for Better Board Performance

Randall Pearce ACC,
Managing Director, THINK: Insight & Advice


With Jane Porter MCC, Master Certified Coach

Randall Pearce ACC, Associate Certified Coach
Randall Pearce is one of Australia’s foremost experts in not-for-profit management. As the managing director of THINK: Insight & Advice, Randall has worked to maximise the performance and governance of some of the nation’s top peak bodies, associations, NGOs and government agencies. Prior to founding THINK in 2007, he served as the CEO of a large professional association. As a consultant, Randall works exclusively with boards and has served as the chair of a charity himself, giving him direct insights into the unique challenges faced by board chairs. He has presented at several Better Boards conferences, facilitated webinars, and contributed to the Better Boards newsletter.



Jane Porter MCC, Master Certified Coach
Jane Porter MCC GAICD is a national and internationally recognised expert in organisational coaching. Jane holds the prestigious Master Certified Coach credential from the International Coaching Federation, a level attained by only four percent of coaches globally. She is currently completing a doctorate on the impact of team coaching on board’s effectiveness at the Monarch School of Business in Switzerland. Jane has owned her own coaching practice since 2006. Previously, she held the roles of Head of Education and Head of Coaching at the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership (IECL).



As directors head back to the Boardroom after two years in cyberspace, they will face a question addressed by a recent EY study, ‘Is the board of the future being held back by the past’? While boards have been focused on the immediate impacts of the pandemic, challenges relating to board dynamics may have been missed or pushed aside. Importantly, new issues may have emerged as we have worked virtually.

To move forward, boards will need to resolve these issues and prepare for a more complex road ahead. They will need to develop new ways of working, new skillsets and structures to become the ‘Better Boards’ of the future. According to EY, there are looming gaps in the skills and behaviours that will be needed. Boards and their chairs will need to recruit or develop the ‘soft skills’ that will be critical to running the organisation of tomorrow.

Organisational coaching is new to the boardroom, but it is a practice that has been proven to increase effectiveness of decision-making, sharpen strategic focus, develop and encourage constructive board behaviours and help navigate transitions.

Importantly, coaches can ‘go to the balcony’ with board chairs, directors, and CEOs to help them reflect on their performance in real time whilst in the midst of a leadership challenge.

This session will feature Randall Pearce and Jane Porter, two acknowledged experts, one in not-for-profit leadership and governance and one in coaching, who will discuss coaching in action and explain how coaching can help a board tool-up to navigate an uncertain future.



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