Managing Indigenous Organisations

The Use Of Consultants – Why and When?

Full disclosure! I make my living as a business and management consultant, mainly to Indigenous organisations. I don't charge market rates, in fact working for myself I can afford to adjust my rates so that on occasions I can "give back" to worthy causes. The market rate for someone with my experience, especially if you compare to the Big 4 or other financial services firms is about $4,500 to $6,000 a day. I charge between $2,000 to $3,000 per day, and I'm proud to say that most of my clients are "repeat" clients in that I am called back from time to time to solve problems and help them continue to grow and improve. (more…)...
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Succession Planning in Indigenous Organisations

In any organisation, succession planning is crucial to maintaining the momentum of the organisation, and in preserving corporate knowledge. For an Indigenous organisation, often short on documented procedures and corporate knowledge, and short of funds to build that documented history and strategy, it is doubly important. Good succession planning means that the organisations doesn't go into cycles of stop-start and rebuild. In particular, a good CEO and a high-performing and productive Chairperson and Board are critical to the success of an Indigenous organisation - you just can't hope for the best. So what are the things that an Indigenous organisation need to consider in succession planning? (more…)...
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Annual Board Self-Assessments Are a Must!

One of the most important tools in ensuring that your governance operates at best-practice is to implement an annual Board Self-Assessment process. A strong, efficient and productive board of directors is a clear indicator of a healthy corporation. However even the best performing Boards need a periodic assessment to ensure that it doesn't just manage, but will really thrive in today’s evolving challenges. To provide a check-up of your board’s performance, and to identify the required practices and strategies for a healthy and productive Board, the best place to start is with an honest board self-assessment. Yet in a governance survey conducted by BoardSource, only 51% of Not-For-Profit organisations responded that they use a formal self-assessment to evaluate their Board's effectiveness. So, where do you start? (more…)...
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Improving Board Performance

I have heard it said that Indigenous corporations are the most studied, with all kinds of reviews, studies, analyses and reports on the performance of Indigenous corporations. If you relate to that you will also relate to the proposal that Indigenous Directors of these corporations have been through the most governance training than any other group! Directors have had specialist workshops on governance, they have attended previous ATSIC sponsored training on governance, they have been sent to ORIC governance training, some have even attended training from the Australian Institute of Company Directors! And yet, improving Board performance is still a hot topic. What can we do to embed "good governance" into practice? (more…)...
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