Board health is critical to long-term productivity and culture.

Being a Board Member is a complex and high-pressure role due to the level of responsibility and integrity it entails.  As discussed in a recent episode of our podcast, Ethical Antidotes, ethicist-lawyer Dr Nikola Stepanov encourages Boards to seek robust training for their members, including the use of mentors for applied-guidance in ethical decision-making skills.  Boards are integral to setting and communicating corporate tone, so it’s vital they radiate ethical DNA. 

Dr Stepanov is the Queensland Integrity Commissioner as well as Board Chair and President at Brisbane Youth Service, bringing her a plethora of experience in Board culture.  Notably, she reminds Boards of the importance of personal reflection on conflicts and dualities of interest.  If these go unmanaged, there can be allegations of perceived or actual misconduct.  At Clarity Ethics we design and deliver robust training on the topic of conflict of interest to organisations and their employees at all levels.  Gifts, supplementary income, assets, stock, and dual roles are just a few examples of the complex areas to navigate.  

On August 20th, the Chief Ethics Officer of Clarity Ethics (Katrina Bramstedt) will be presenting a seminar at the 2021 Better Boards Conference in Melbourne. Her presentation will discuss tools to assess the health of your Board, as well as provide ideas for boosting Board health.  A Board which is bored will be ineffective, just as a Board which is toxic.  What are the symptoms and what is the cure?  There’s still time to register for the 20 Aug 2021 Better Boards conference which will be live-streamed from Melbourne – we hope to see you! 

We encourage you to subscribe to our podcast channel, Ethical Antidotes for interesting and helpful discussions regarding organisational ethics and corporate culture.   For tailored organisational ethics advisory services, including culture and climate surveys, and consultation with a professional ethicist, reach out to us at [email protected]  

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