Board Development Programmes

Board Development

If the board (or any decision-making senior team) is healthy, in unity and performing then the organisation is a thriving place in which to live and work. On the other hand if the board is not performing, or even worse has a lack of trust, honesty or collective vision, then the entity as a whole is at risk. This is why we have created programmes entirely focused on maximizing performance or addressing crisis situations.

Choose from four board development opportunities:

Introductory Board Facilitation Process

To provide you with a low cost, low risk way to assess whether we can provide the support you need, we have created a board facilitation process.

This includes an initial discussion, preparation and delivery of a half-day observation or facilitated session with your board, and then a written review of the main issues that can be addressed to maximize performance. The review will include some suggested actions you can implement immediately, as well as a suggested course of further Enrichyou support.

Board Membership Programme

This programme covers all of the essential skills, thinking and behaviours required to be accepted by experienced board members.

It acts as preparation ahead of taking up a position on the board, supports those who have recently taken up their position, or provides a knowledge and confidence boost for established directors who feel they still lack the required skills and capability.

Content highlights include:

  • Understanding true governance. The board’s role, legal duties and accountabilities, the importance of preparation and board papers, and how governance shapes behaviours, judgments and decisions.
  • Being an effective board member. Working in a team of diverse skills and personalities, being ‘in the board’ and ‘outside the board’ in order to see issues from all perspectives, and the role of non-verbal communication.
  • Board dynamics. Skills for keeping focused, resolving conflict, choosing suitable communication styles, and dealing with uncertainty and change.

Board Dynamics Programme

The programme enables a board to reach a place of unity where they deal with the absolute critical issues of the business, at the right level through a combined process of preparation, structure, process and intuition.

It helps and encourages the board to steer the entity, while looking forward to the board meetings and working together with respect and a collective vision. It’s ideal for newly formed boards, those where there has been a recent significant change of membership, or those yet to find a way to fully perform.

The content is shaped around four development levels:

  • Level 1 – essential dynamics. The aim is to ensure all directors are able to express themselves freely, with the agenda covered at an ‘issue’ not ‘personality’ level.
  • Level 2 – functional performance. The directors are making a greater contribution through their individual roles, with the chairman resolving conflicts and priorities.
  • Level 3 – the collective board. There’s a greater feeling of collective decision making, with a common desire to resolve conflicts and priorities and a better consensus on key decisions.
  • Level 4 – board unity. The agenda is truly focused on the organisation’s needs, with conflict quickly resolved and decision making through the board’s strengths, differences and collective wisdom.

Board Mediation Programme

This programme is designed to resolve the more difficult levels of conflict that could bring the business down if not resolved quickly and with all parties in agreement. It is a process of ten steps in the direction of an agreed intention to reach a place of resolution.

It is designed to resolve deep level personal conflict and unravel complex issues that bring conflict as a result. It releases individuals from the fire of conflict and restores them to a new place of peace and resolve.

The ten-step process includes:

  • Initial agreement. Gaining unity on the need and objectives for the programme.
  • Collective and one-to-one meetings. These enable us to get a clear picture of the situation and identify where there is a significant variation of accounts.
  • Conflict resolution. Further meetings identify and address conflicts that are barriers to progress by looking at ‘what-if’ scenarios, options and possibilities.
  • Agreement and detailed resolution. A collective meeting is held to reach an agreement in principle with significant common outcomes and criteria, followed by individual agreements and a final review meeting to bring the process to a proper close.

Outline of Offers

  • Board Facilitation
  • Board Formation
  • Board Dynamics
  • Board Mediation


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