Articles by Brenton Cox
Brenton Cox works independently as a consultant to not-for-profit organisations and charities. He is based in Adelaide but he operates Australia-wide and his areas of expertise include social enterprises, not-for-profit start-up work, governance, accounting/finance, training and technical/compliance matters. He has worked extensively as an adviser to not-for-profit boards and has served on a number of boards himself. He is passionate about the effective functioning of for-purpose organisations and initiatives.
Which Comes First – the Purpose or the Behaviour?
The theme of the Better Boards Conference for 2020 was ‘passionate directors – purposeful boards’. The conference website neatly defined a ‘purposeful board’ as one that is “united, collegial, focused and disciplined, led by a chair who not only facilitates discussions and decisions, but is guided by strategy, KPI’s and timeframes.” One might gauge from this definition that contrastingly, a board that lacks purpose is therefore divided, argumentative, disinterested and irrational.