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Merry Christmas from the team at Livingstone Board Services

15 Dec 2014

We were pleased to help a local association’s governing council with some training this week as part of our giving back to the community and in this season of goodwill.

Like them, we all continually face a changing environment that demands altered direction for our organisations. How we reflect on what we have achieved and reset our goals in the new year will have a big influence on our future success.

We wish you all a blessed family Christmas time and a restful new year, able to cope even better in 2015.

 Eric Livingstone

For the Livingstone Board Services team

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Planning the ideal composition of your Board

15 Oct 2014

Each organisation has different requirements for an effective board composition on which to base the selection and appointment of new board members. Also to be considered is that the replacement of long-standing board members risks the loss of key skills and leadership which needs careful planning during the selection of new board members....

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Organisational Risks

01 Oct 2014

We are all constantly made aware of the fact that a substantial part of running any organisation is the time required on minimising and coping with risks. Some of the risks we cope with on a day today basis with strategies built into our regular routines – continuation of contract issues, potential loss of major clients, difficulties of attracting staff with a ‘lets do it’ attitude,  just to name a few....

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Board Member Selection & Appointment

03 Sep 2014

Potential new Board members need careful vetting for their suitability to fit the culture of your organisation and if you want to improve the effectiveness of your Board. Taking extreme care in the selection and appointment of a new Board Member is as important as that for a senior Manager....

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Board Member Induction

20 Aug 2014

A well prepared and thought out induction programme for new Board Members can be very valuable to enable their early and sound contribution to the Board’s deliberations. Such an induction can also give Board Members a rare chance to visit and explore the organisation at the grassroots level which will add a deeper understanding of Board decisions in the years ahead....

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Manager's Performance

30 Jul 2014

When a Manager is appointed, various expectations over achievements and behaviour will have been negotiated and together with developing a no surprises process of performance reviews this provides a sound basis for building open collaboration and trust between the Manager and the Board....

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Inappropriate Behaviour and the Downfall of Ethical Standards

02 Jul 2014

Ethical standards are key in keeping inappropriate behaviour within an organisation under control so that an organisation's culture can continue to flourish....

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Is Your Board or Committee Chair Too Nice?

11 Jun 2014

We often appoint someone as chair because everyone likes them, they are popular, and they get on well with everyone. Is that why some boards and committees fail to achieve what they set out to do? A key factor to successful boards is that they have chairs who ensure things get done, who target the strategic issues, and who ask the ‘difficult to ask’ questions....

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Being a Board Member is Not Always Fun

05 Jun 2014

It was a very sober observation from the owner and director of a fishing company whose vessel sank and was convicted in court recently, concluding that is not worth it to be the director of a family company when you were not really involved in its oversight....

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Prospective Board Role Allocated

14 May 2014

This month has seen the first of our placements of a Board member under training, to a governance committee urgently needing some external objectivity and focussing on developing their governance capability....

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