Getting the Message Across to the Board
Date: On a date of your choice
Location: Delivered as an online interactive briefing
Event Code: GMAB300921
The most common complaints from Directors are about the
information they receive in reports, from regular updates to unique business
propositions. High-performing Boards rely on succinct, well argued and well constructed
reports to form their judgements and make good decisions.
Past final notices from regulators reflect how Boards can
miss key information and incorrectly assume critical points leading to
disaster. Too often reporting is dominated by inward- and backward-looking
detail, rather than the sort of information that will help the board to plan
its future strategy.
Using case studies and group discussion this workshop
explores the key elements of a great Board report alongside practical tips on
how to get your message across to the different stakeholders through impactful
written and verbal presentation.
Who should attend:
This briefing is intended for executives or anyone
writing or presenting to a Board. It is also ideal for those newly appointed in
an executive capacity or as part of induction or succession planning.
1. Knowing your audience
- Board vs Executive Responsibilities
- Confirming stakeholder expectations
- The non-executive’s perspective
2. Building a great Board report
- Common challenges when drafting Board papers
- Avoiding repetition and unnecessary detail
- Creating continuity over time
- Board reporting Template - what ‘good’ looks like
3. The new business proposition
- Background and tie in with strategy
- Exploring the options
- Arguing the pro’s and cons of a recommended
- Case Study – what ‘good’ looks like
4. Presenting your paper in the Boardroom
- Using the opportunity for debate
- Ensuring a clear conclusion is reached
- Ensuring subsequent reporting required is
“Effective board decision making is not simply a matter of getting
the right people around the table. They need to address the right issues and
ask the right questions and to do these things they need the right information.
ICSA, Effective Board Reporting Guidance,
- Know how effective Boards use the reports and
verbal presentations they receive
- Explore past cases where Boards have misunderstood
and the consequences
- Appreciate common Board frustrations and
differing stakeholder expectations
- Understand the basics of a good Board report including
a sample template
- Effectively articulate new business
propositions that present the risks and opportunities
- Practical tips for excellent verbal
presentation that supports your written report
Your Consultant: John Constable
John’s career began in the RAF and has spanned retailing and financial services, the last 15 years as an independent consultant specialising in executive and board development. His business and regulatory experience equips him to bring a joined-up approach to governance, strategy, risk and finance. This is positioned in full recognition of the dilemmas and multiple – and often conflicting - demands within the board’s “day job”.
A great communicator, he brings commercial awareness, credibility, and pure energy. His versatility allows him to lead and challenge executives and senior managers, providing current and relevant examples to illustrate, draw parallels and clarify complexity.
John’s published articles have encompassed financial crime, learning and development strategies, operational risk management, change management and Solvency II.
has a BA (Hons) in History from Kings College London, he holds an Open
University Certificate in Financial Management, a Diploma in Management from
Henley and is a Member of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
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