Eyes Wide Open: A first-timer’s guide to the real world of boards and company directorship

by Robyn Weatherley

Eyes wide open

This book provides first-time directors with invaluable inside tips and insights about board membership and company directorship.

Thousands of individuals are actively overseeing the operations, governance and strategies of every sort of commercial and government enterprise, and many hundreds more endeavouring to secure their first appointment. It is important that new directors find a board where they ‘fit’ and understand exactly what it means to be a company director. Almost like a marriage, they have to be compatible and share the vision and culture of the organisation, as well as understand the business and the finances.

Eyes Wide Open is written as a friendly, honest conversation, providing first-time directors with invaluable – though not often shared – tips and insights about board membership and company directorship. It is divided into three parts:

  1. Pre-appointment: all elements of due diligence, meeting the chairman, CEO and CFO, discovering the company’s culture, financial and business plans and strategy.
  2. Invitation accepted: the board induction process, meetings schedules, board etiquette and director personalities.
  3. In the boardroom and beyond: expectations concerning directors’ duties, off sites and events, the key relationships, educational commitments, and using your intuition.

There are also handy checklists to help prospective directors with their due diligence.

Eyes Wide Open is an enduring and insightful guide for all new and aspiring directors, regardless of whether the appointment is with a not-for-profit, an equal representation board, government enterprise, family-run business, tech start-up, or an ASX-listed company.

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Robyn Weatherley

Robyn Weatherley is a passionate corporate governance practitioner who has worked extensively with boards, company secretaries and executive groups during her 22-year career. Robyn’s career has included periods working in business insolvency and corporate finance. Robyn and her colleagues were the founders of the National Australia Bank’s ‘Board Ready’ program which has been instrumental in boosting the number of women appointed to NAB subsidiary boards. The program won the 2011 EOWA (Employer of Choice for Women) award for “Outstanding Practice for the Advancement of Women in a Non Traditional Area”.

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  • Authors: Robyn Weatherley
  • Print ISBN: 9780994256003
  • Publisher: Major Street Publishing

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