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Become A Stronger Board Candidate Who Is Short-Listed More Often

“I found it very useful. I thought that not only was the content very helpful, but also the atmosphere – very confidence building. I appreciate the personal attention you gave and the way you handled different personalities. I look forward to our follow up.” (Senior Investment Analyst)

It is disappointing, after a long search and being one of the candidates on a strong director short-list, not to be selected. Nomination processes can be fraught.

It takes real skill to guide those from the nomination committee during the interview and selection process. This includes countering any biases or pre-existing preferences and shifting the mind-set to transferable skills or potential.

Facilitated by Dianne Jacobs during the Competing For Directorships program (one-on-one or small group) you will:

  1. Assess Why A Board Application Gets Rejected And Which Tactics Reduce The Risk
  2. Identify Your Director ‘Domain Strengths’ And Value Proposition For Targeted Boards As It Relates To The 7 Ways Directors Add Value
  3. Use A Framework To Express The Contribution And Transferable Skills That You Bring To The Board, The Skills Matrix And Sub-Committee Needs
  4. Review Your Interview Plan To Ensure The Right Skill-Sets Are Apparent To Nomination Committees Or Search Firms
  5. Strengthen The CV, Cover Letter and Application
  6. Apply A Method To Deal With Any Gaps In Your Capabilities And Profile
  7. Know How To Approach The Different Types Of Nomination Interviews In A Way That Reinforces Your Case As A Director
  8. Complete An Instrument That Helps Identify Your Director Style And How That Influences Your Interview Focus
  9. Consider Boardroom Dynamics And The Eight Warning Signs Before Accepting A Board Role
  10. Design A Plan To Be More Effective With Future Board Applications And Searches.

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What others say

“I was thrilled with the work you did on my Board CV.” (Partner, Major Consulting Firm)

“I am delighted to let you know that I have been offered a position on the board. They told me they were impressed with my written application when I arrived for my interview. Thanks so much for helping me with the written application and the interview tips!” (Non-Executive Director, Consultant and Executive Manager)

“Thanks for a very interesting session. It was exactly what I need at this point and you provided some great structure for me to re-think how I present myself as well as concrete suggestions for next steps” (Non-Executive Director and Mentoring Circle participant)

“No way in the world, I would have written a CV this way which is the reason why you do what you do. Old adage ‘one does not know what they don’t know’” (President and Group COO, Executive Director, Joint-Venture Chair and NED)

“I’m absolutely delighted with the output and so worth the investment and glad I asked you to do it … A couple of people who offered help said I was in good hands when I mentioned you were doing my CV!” (Senior Strategy Executive, top 5 ASX Listed Company)

“What a tremendously informative and insightful workshop you delivered to leading women executive members of Amcham Shanghai today – well done!” (Committee Co-Chair Women’s Executive Network for American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and Partner at a Global Law Firm)

“While I was preparing myself for Board work I came across Dianne Jacobs who helped me build my Board CV and coached me around what Boards are looking for and how to prepare myself for it.  I found the process really challenged me to think about myself, and what I might bring in a very different (and helpful) way.  That reshaping has helped me now build my Board portfolio to 3 in over a year.” (Partner Consulting Practice, Major Accounting Firm)

“Dianne was a fantastic facilitator making you feel at ease to participate and ask questions. Her method of teasing out your thinking as to what is required in your board resume was fantastic and has given me a lot to think about.” (Participant of an in-house mentoring circle run for executives at an ASX top-5 corporate)

“Dianne was very engaging and pragmatic. She was thought provoking in a safe environment.” (Participant of an in-house mentoring circle run for executives at an ASX top-5 corporate)

Contact me for information on future programs in your State.