Board Effectiveness

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Our Board Effectiveness Assessments

Whether you’re looking for a lite-touch or a comprehensive assessment for your upcoming board evaluation, we have the survey to suit your needs. Select from our two world-class Board Effectiveness Surveys and measure your performance relative to similar boards.

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Effectiveness Survey

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TRIAL VERSION For a single Board Member
Designed for a singer user only to try a shortened survey and get their own benchmarked report

Effectiveness Survey

For smaller organisation and lite touch reviews
Suits boards of small and large organisations and those only wanting a lighter touch review

Effectiveness Survey

For a more in-depth
For a whole board
Suitable for all boards of mid sized and large organisations

There are over 500 boards to compare you with

What can benchmarking tell us?

Our comparative benchmarked reports provide an immediate snapshot of your strengths as well as areas for enhancement. These reports are crafted to inspire change and action, clearly highlighting the areas your board could improve upon in the forthcoming year.

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Key Benefits

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Benchmarked Reporting

See how your board measures up at a glance with easy to understand reporting.

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Designed for All

Affordable survey options that are designed to be used by boards of all shapes and sizes.

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Validated Survey Items

After over 500 board reviews we only measure what is meaningful when it comes to board effectiveness.

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Transformative Insights

Simple, clear reporting lets you gain insights that are designed to be change-oriented.

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Refined Process

You are guided through a self-managed process that has been designed to be as streamlined and intuitive as possible.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Understanding Board Effectiveness is crucial for any organisation aiming for success and sustainability. These FAQs shed light on this integral aspect of corporate governance, examining the factors that contribute to effective boards, how to measure and improve board performance, and the role of diversity, size, and leadership within this context.

Use this resource to gain insights that can help optimise your board’s effectiveness, driving strategic decisions and enhancing your organisation’s performance.

Board Effectiveness refers to the ability of a company’s board of directors to competently perform their responsibilities in governing the company. This includes setting company direction, making critical decisions, supervising executive management, ensuring corporate compliance, and optimising company performance.

Board Effectiveness is crucial because the board’s performance significantly impacts the overall success and sustainability of an organisation An effective board ensures the organisation stays focused on its strategic goals, adheres to regulatory standards, makes well-informed decisions, and creates shareholder value.

Key factors include a well-balanced mix of skills, diversity, clear roles and responsibilities, board size, effective board leadership, active participation from board members, strategic focus, robust decision-making processes, effective communication, and ongoing board education and training.

There are several ways to measure board effectiveness, including regular board evaluations, assessing the board’s contributions to strategic decision-making, monitoring company performance, and using established governance models and metrics.  

A Board Effectiveness review is a process where the board’s performance is evaluated, often annually. It might involve self-assessments, peer reviews, feedback from management, and external independent evaluations. The review covers various areas such as board composition, processes, responsibilities, and performance.

The chairman plays a critical role in board effectiveness. The chairman is responsible for leading the board, setting the meeting agendas, ensuring robust decision-making, fostering a constructive board culture, and enabling open and effective communication among directors.

Board diversity, including gender, ethnicity, skills, and experience, can enhance Board Effectiveness by bringing a wider range of perspectives, stimulating more innovative thinking, promoting better decision-making, and enhancing company reputation.

Board size can have a significant impact on board effectiveness. A small board may lack the diversity of skills and experience, while a large board may hinder efficient decision-making and communication. The optimal size depends on the company’s complexity, stage of development, and specific needs.

Corporate governance is central to board effectiveness. It provides the framework for how a company is directed and controlled. Effective corporate governance ensures accountability, fairness, transparency, and responsibility, which all contribute to an effective board.

Improving Board Effectiveness may involve measures such as aligning the board’s skills with the company’s strategy, enhancing board diversity, refining board processes, defining clear roles and responsibilities, improving board education and training, conducting regular board evaluations, and strengthening board leadership.

Board committees, such as audit, nomination, or remuneration committees, play a crucial role in Board Effectiveness. They allow detailed consideration of complex issues, which enhances the board’s overall functioning and decision-making. Each committee should have a clear mandate, sufficient resources, and competent members.

Common challenges to Board Effectiveness can include lack of diversity, ineffective leadership, poor decision-making processes, lack of strategic focus, insufficient board self-assessment, conflict of interest issues, and ineffective communication within the board.

The board’s relationship with the CEO is crucial to Board Effectiveness. A strong, open, and constructive relationship ensures alignment between board and management, facilitates effective oversight, and promotes better decision-making. The board also plays a key role in selecting, evaluating, and if necessary, replacing the CEO.

Continuous learning and development is key to Board Effectiveness because it ensures that board members stay informed about changes in the business environment, industry trends, and governance best practices. It equips them with the knowledge and skills needed to make strategic decisions and to oversee company performance effectively.