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This is one of my favorite things to do these days as a culmination of my own agile journey. Whether called a "Board of Advisors", "Advisory Council", "Advisory Committee" or something else, the primary function of a non-governance Board is to provide advisory regarding enterprise agility, future-proofing the business and sustaining the desired trajectory of profitable growth.
Free from the burden of the necessary associated bureaucracy of Governance Boards of Directors, Boards of Advisors can serve in a much more dynamic, impactful and agile way. Indeed, as such, there is a rising tide of companies large and small establishing Boards of Advisors, in many cases as a complement to a governance Board of Directors.
What does an Agile Advisory Board do?
In addition to chairing peer-advisory-groups for many years, I have been involved with many governance and advisory boards as a member and a chair. I often found them to be a mixed experience of conversation-flows, which left a lot to be desired.
Boards have an increasingly crucial role to play as the top line of driving conversation-flows to be future-proofing a business. With governance boards increasingly mired in bureaucracy and risk, there is a rising tide of interest in advisory boards as a complement to governance boards.
I found the Advisory Board Centre and became a USA based Certified Chair. From its home base in Australia, the Advisory Board Centre is the leading professional body globally, improving the advisory board sector through research, best practice frameworks and certifications. Already prevalent in Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and now expanding globally, it is a such a quality community of caliber chairs/advisors. I am excited to help spread the word, build the community and bring the rigor of a research based, best practice framework in the USA.
... increasingly crucial in an accelerating VUCA world (of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity)