Mental Models for NFP Directors: Beyond Directors' Duties

Mental Models for NFP Directors: Beyond Directors' Duties

Aaron Goldsworthy

Aaron Goldsworthy

Senior Consultant at Australian Strategic Services

Better Boards is pleased to present "Mental Models for NFP Directors: Beyond Directors' Duties" in partnership with Aaron Goldsworthy, Senior Consultant at Australian Strategic Services.

The past decade has seen boards, committees of management, councils or similar named groups of individuals move from the processes and behaviours of managers managing a service to the processes and behaviours of directors governing an organisation. To this end there has been much focus on duties that the law proscribes for directors or similar positions. While knowledge and understanding of director’s duties is critical they provide little in the way of guidance to an individual of what the work of a director involves or how to effectively go about the work of the director.

Directors of not for profit organisations must be more than just minders of an organisation. Directors, whether paid or unpaid, must be visionaries, entrepreneurs, forward thinkers and strategists to ensure that their organisation not only survives but thrives in an environment characterised by technological innovation, continual shifts in government policy and increasing customer expectations and control.

Leading directors build successful and sustainable organisations through the application of mental models (ways of thinking) that go beyond just their director’s duties. From understanding the organisation’s core business and the types of value the organisation delivers aligned to that core business to the role of systems and more, this presentation will explore mental models and associated tools and processes that can assist directors to strengthen and enhance their organisation and ultimately what they deliver for their customers.

This presentation will provide attendees with:

  • understanding of the work involved in being a director and how to effectively go about the work of the director; and
  • the mental models (ways of thinking) adopted by leading directors to build successful and sustainable organisations.

About the Presenter
Aaron Goldsworthy

A Senior Consultant with Australian Strategic Services for over 5 years Aaron assists boards and individual directors to not only understand what their duties at law are but the future aged care and healthcare looks like. He has worked with a wide variety of aged care and health care boards, chief executive officers and executives on a range of projects including detailed review of where the Board’s or organisations documentation and processes sit against standards, quality frameworks and legislation, board assessments and reviews, drafting and documenting enterprise/organisation wide governance and risk management frameworks, strategic planning, business development, amalgamations and mergers and industry big picture trends and research.


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