The Highly Effective Director: 7 key lessons to help you excel in the boardroom

Tools and techniques to help existing, new, future directors escape the management trap and excel in the boardroom.
Full day


Being a director is a job in its own right and very different from being a manager. The Highly Effective Director is an intensive, one-day course providing tools and techniques to help existing, new, future directors escape the management trap and excel in the boardroom.

Participants will learn a host of tools and techniques for working on the business rather than in it - a must for any entrepreneur, family-business member, unit head or senior manager, seeking to advance or simply think like a CEO.

Each 7 'lessons' will be structured around a central framework:

  • Accountability – our results (Stakeholder relations / managing expectations / getting results)
  • Foresight – our future (Corporate Culture / Vision, Mission and Values / mood of the times)
  • Strategy – our route map (Revolution / Options / Fit)
  • Management – our action plan (Securing resources / Planning and Action / Monitoring and Control)
  • Leadership
  • Learning
  • The Core – our corporate DNA (our spirit – our soul)

What you'll learn

Practical tools for the professional director, including:

  • A central framework for focusing and organising your activity as a director
  • How to define the DNA of the business
  • Techniques for defining a clear, compelling organisational purpose
  • How to think on three time-horizons
  • The process for addressing strategic challenges to the business
  • How to delegate and gain broad-based action
  • How to secure strategic advantage and long-term prosperity
  • How to plan – and make it stick.
  • Three core principles for inspirational leadership
  • The value of building a learning organisation.

Making the shift:

  • Dealing with uncertainty
  • Gaining consensus while preserving challenge
  • Daring to be different – and managing the risk
  • How to preserve courage and innovation.

Common pitfalls and how to address them:

  • How to escape the management trap
  • Finding time to think
  • Managing risk
  • Balancing the conflict of stakeholder expectations
  • Dealing with uncertainty.

Who is it for?

  • Anyone about to become a director for the first time
  • Anyone joining a new board
  • Managers preparing for their next role
  • Senior leaders in family businesses
  • Entrepreneurs expanding their business
  • Senior managers who need to think like their CEO.

Your facilitator

Ian Waddelow
Ian Waddelow

Ian is an independent consultant, speaker and educator specialising in strategic planning, corporate governance and international marketing. He works with directors, boards and organisations ranging from SMEs to blue-chip multinationals such as AMEC, Warner Home Video, Republic National Bank of New York, RBS/NatWest, Wrigleys and The BBC generating over $8bn in incremental growth.

In this course he will share his core principles he applies and provide you with the knowledge and skills to secure more prosperity for your own organization.


Excellent. As a newly appointed Director I feel this has given me the confidence to take on my new role with a clear vision of what is expected of me and how I can make an impact.
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