Elevate your governance skills: three new courses for governance professionals

In today's dynamic corporate landscape, effective governance plays a pivotal role in driving organisational success. Whether you are a seasoned governance professional or just stepping into this crucial role, continuous learning is key to staying ahead. To equip yourself with the skills needed to navigate complex boardrooms and committees, consider enrolling in these three new essential courses tailored for governance professionals by The Chartered Governance Institute of the UK and Ireland. 

Minute taking is not just about transcribing discussions; it's about capturing the essence of meetings accurately and succinctly. Following on from our Effective Minute Taking training course, Advanced Minute Taking delves into the intricacies of minute writing. The course includes: 

  • the principles of good minute taking 

  • expert led peer-to-peer workshop identifying key issues 

  • drafting minutes as a record and as an influencing tool 

  • minute taking for technical and highly pressurised situations 

  • sensitivity in the boardroom maintaining integrity and professionalism 

  • minute writing when something goes wrong 

  • incorporating technology to streamline the minute-taking process. 

By mastering advanced minute-taking skills, governance professionals can enhance transparency, facilitate better decision-making and mitigate risks within their organisations. 

With board and committee meetings being a vital legal and regulatory requirement across all sectors, how can you ensure that they are an effective use of time? Agendas that miss the key issues, poorly written board reports and even just inefficiency results in bad decision-making and lower overall organisational performance. Therefore, it is imperative to the role of the company secretary or governance professional that meetings are planned and delivered in an effective manner. In this course from The Chartered Governance Institute of the UK and Ireland, you will learn: 

  • the purpose and types of board and committee meetings 

  • creating a board work plan 

  • composing an effective board meeting agenda 

  • quoracy and its importance 

  • how to manage board papers and their distribution 

  • ergonomics of meetings and the use of technology 

  • behavioural understanding in the boardroom 

  • avoiding pitfalls and recognising red flags.  

The effectiveness of any board or committee hinges not only on its members' expertise but also on its structure and composition. The Optimising the Structure and Composition of Boards and Committees course explores good practices for building high-performing governance bodies. The course covers: 

  • board and committee structures and what is right for your organisation 

  • matters reserved for the board and delegated authority 

  • types of committee, their roles and relationships with the board 

  • management structure and corporate framework 

  • directors' participation: composition of boards and committees and the relevance to business risk and strategy 

  • obtaining external advice for a board and its committees 

  • communication and documentation of your governance structure 

  • board and committee performance reviews. 

By understanding the nuances of board and committee dynamics, governance professionals can contribute to fostering a culture of excellence and governance excellence within their organisations. 

In conclusion, continuous learning is essential for governance professionals seeking to excel in their roles. By enrolling in CGIUKI training courses like Advanced Minute Taking, Planning and Delivering Effective Meetings, and Optimizing the Structure and Composition of Boards and Committees, professionals can elevate their skills, drive organisational success, and make a significant impact in today's rapidly evolving business landscape. Invest in your professional development today to shape the governance practices of tomorrow. 

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