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3 things to remember when starting your search for an NFP board role

Aspiring directors face stiff competition when looking to find a board position, and the not-for-profit sector is no exception. Three experienced NFP directors give their top tips on how to approach looking for your first NFP board role.

While starting out on the board of an NFP is one way many aspiring directors start their boardroom careers, it is still a professional commitment, says Kate Thiele FAICD, non-executive director of Zoos South Australia and former CEO of Guide Dogs SA/NT. “There is no ‘P-Plate’ part of the process. New directors need to be prepared to step into the full role.”

“In the first few board meetings, new directors need to find the right balance between over-contributing and being too passive. Both can be detrimental to the board’s performance,” she says. “Being a director is a practice in the art of listening, robust debate and effective decision-making. New directors should be willing to embrace it all from the very start. Mentors and fellow directors can help guide you.”

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Top 3 reasons why you should study an MBA, Indaily

More than ever, senior executives are juggling their work schedules and busy personal lives to study a Master of Business Administration (MBA). The pressure to upskill in order to remain fresh, relevant and dynamic is familiar to most high level executives and senior managers, so what motivates the busy professional? UniSA Business School has some helpful insights from MBA graduates and leading facilitators and researchers to help you with your decision.

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A Guiding Light, Weekend Switzer

When Kate Thiele became CEO of Guide Dogs SA/NT in 2009, the first thing she did was call a staff meeting. The Adelaide-based charity, like many in the aftermath of the GFC, was struggling with flat revenue, low morale and shaky relationships.

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