Board Dynamics

Learn how to improve your effectiveness on the board and discover how to influence the group dynamic.

16 CPD points

The underlying social structure within each board impacts on the decision-making and ultimately the organisation's performance and the stakeholders’ return on investment. This course will challenge unconscious behavior and explore assumptions within a high performance working group.

Course/workshop category: Focused short course

Duration: Two days. Day 1: 9.00am for a 9.30am start - 6.00pm (with cocktails to follow) Day 2: 8.30am – 4.00pm

Content covered

  • What to do when you inherit a difficult culture
  • Learn how board evaluations can help to (re)design a board
  • Discover how to make a new director productive - sooner
  • Learn about the merits of various chairing styles
  • Gain the courage to consciously address culture, and commit to cultural change in your board and organisation
  • Move from emotional intelligence to emotional agility so you can complement the more technical requirements of being a director
  • Find the balance between healthy and unhealthy conflict
  • Find out how changing technologies will influence the dynamics of future board meetings.

Who should attend

Directors who want a healthy board culture and to be part of an effective board.

Because of the intense workshop nature of this course it is limited to only 20 participants.

Members: $2,250 incl GST
Non-members: $2,795 incl GST

Not a member? Join online now to receive the member rate.

“Stable boards require a balance of trust and mistrust. It is this productive tension between cohesion and harmony on one hand and dissent and discord on the other that keeps a board dynamic healthy.”
Meena Thursingham, Principal at BoardQ, Melbourne


Board Dynamics is facilitated by:

  • Jo Brosnahan QSO, MA Hons, FCILT, FNZIM, CFInstD

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    Jo is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors, Chair of Northpower Fibre (ultra-fast broadband), Chair of Maritime NZ, Chair of Rotorua Lakes Audit and Risk Committee, Chair of Harrison Grierson and also on the Auckland Museum Trust Board and Principal of Leaders for the Future.   She is Chair of the Taitokerau Education Trust, supporting digital learning in low decile schools in Northland, a member of the Centre for Brain Research Advisory Board, and of other trusts. She is the Founder and Advisory Trustee of Leadership NZ, was Chair for more than a decade and has had an extensive governance career.  She was previously CEO of the Northland Regional Council and of the Auckland Regional Council. 

    As a Harkness Fellow and Aspen Scholar, Jo spent a year researching leadership in the USA.

  • Giselle McLachlan CFInstD

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    Giselle is a Chartered Fellow of the IoD and is an experienced company director, chair, CEO, and was a lawyer for over 30 years. Her roles have been varied, from the agricultural sector through to being a partner in a law firm, and General Counsel for New Zealand’s largest insurance company.  She has held many board roles, notably serving as a director for four years on the Earthquake Commission, including its audit committee, and the H&J Smith group in the South Island.  Amongst other chair roles, Giselle chaired the Audit Committee for the Institute of Financial Advisers and a recently merged GP practice, Health Central Ltd.  She has recently been appointed to the Medical Council as a lay member.