What sort of work does Integrity Governance do?
We work with boards of directors on all aspects of governance. We help owners to set up boards, to maintain integrity with an unbiased perspective, we do not offer a recruitment service.
We believe that board evaluation is a critical governance process. We believe it should be carried out professionally to maintain and enhance the reputation, business effectiveness, and value of your organization.
Whilst we recognize the importance of board review as an element of compliance in highly regulated businesses, we focus on performance. We ensure that the review looks to the future and how you can improve your own performance and that of your board.
Board and Individual Director Reviews
Performance evaluation can serve three distinct but closely related objectives:
- To provide an informed assessment of the performance of individual directors, and the board as a whole. We do this through the collection and interpretation of data.
- To set targets and provide ongoing constructive feedback. This supports the development of the individual director (and the board as a whole). Specific focus is given to opportunities to learn new skills, change behaviours, or provide additional time and attention.
- To specify and validate strategic and performance objectives. This empowers the board and its appropriate committees to look to the year ahead.
Our experience with the individual director and board evaluation ensures that we maintain a healthy balance between all three objectives. We resist the natural tendency of many reviewers to focus purely on past performance.
A range of governance failures became apparent following the global financial crisis. As a result, corporate governance has been subject to increased scrutiny in recent years.
The legislative burden for directors has increased, along with a series of fundamental economic and societal changes, directors’ duties, and the conduct of boards and committees, has become more onerous.
A governance review starts with the legal framework, and works through the documentation, processes, protocols and procedures, to empower board effectiveness.
Productive boards put in place effective, practical governance and strategies to enact their role. Our experience in governance reviews provides an objective assessment of your organisations’ governance. This ensures it is best practice and fit for purpose.
Integrity Governance works with boards, investors, donors, regulators, and funders, to conduct governance reviews.
Kolbe Indexes / Instinct Assessments
Integrity Governance uses the Kolbe Index tool to help people understand their own, and each other's, instinctive strengths and use that understanding to improve their lives, inside and outside of the boardroom.
The Kolbe A™ Index is the only validated assessment that measures a person's conative strengths. John Harte, our Managing Partner, is unique in the Australian governance arena as he is the only qualified governance consultant to conduct, analyse and report on Kolbe Assessments. John has used Kolbe with a range of boards and senior executive teams – combining the application of the Kolbe methodology with practical governance insight to supported enhanced board effectiveness.
Kolbe is based on the principle of conation which analyses people’s natural and instinctual way of working.
Kolbe has three components:
- Kolbe A™: the person’s own answers which identifies their natural, instinctual strengths
- Kolbe B™: the person’s views as to the demands of their role
- Kolbe C™: others’ views as to the needs of that role
This three-part 360° view of the role helps identify areas where tensions may arise and what plans, processes or systems can be put in place to avoid them occurring. Using this highly-researched, scientifically-proven method, Integrity Governance brings a powerful extra dimension to the understanding of the dynamics of the board and senior management plus practical insight into effective decision making.
Facilitation & Planning
Many boards and senior management teams recognise the value of an impartial, professional facilitator, who can serve as a catalyst. They enhance the outcomes and effectiveness of meetings, consultative processes, and planning sessions.
Integrity Governance professionals conduct facilitation across a number of sectors and physical locations. We can help you to improve productivity through a range of proven tools and techniques that allow your organisation to accomplish more.
Chairman, Board and CEO Succession Planning
Leading boards take an approach to board and CEO succession that goes beyond traditional placement and even planning. We work with boards and owners to ensure that CEO, director, and Chairman succession is a continuous and enabling process anchored in an ongoing dialogue about the future needs of the organisation.
At the CEO succession planning level, this approach involves a regular review of the development of talent within the top team. It involves working closely with the existing CEO, the board and its committees to ensure that development of direct reports and senior management team enables the board to have a strong range of internal candidates.
We offer a tailored approach to your situation. We prefer to work directly with you to ensure the process, preparation and involvement meet your needs.
We offer a range of tools and techniques that enable boards, company members, and senior executives, to deliver significant results in strategic thinking and planning.
Resolution & Investigation
Is conflict damaging the cohesiveness and collaboration of your board? Are there board members who reject ideas out of hand? When conflict becomes destructive, we need to be willing to make some changes.
It can be an opportunity for positive change. A neutral third person can help us to better understand our fellow board members better, and lead us towards our own solutions.
Integrity Governance professionals are available to lead conflict resolution discussions in the privacy of your own boardroom or at neutral venues convenient to participants. We can help you to turn negative conflict into a positive outcome.
You’ll need to be prepared to discuss the issues. We suggest exploring other possibilities instead of rejecting ideas out of hand. Then we can work with you to turn the situation around.
Moving to constructive conflict can encourage objective discussion and decision making. It can help to build a stronger board and the working relationships within it.
Whistle-blower and Investigations
Directors and business owners are often confronted by the need to gain insight and objectivity in highly sensitive, confidential matters. We work with boards and owners on highly confidential investigations. Our team includes licenced investigators, experts in workplace health and safety, forensic accountants and human resources practitioners that can support boards and owners at times when professionalism, objectivity, discretion, and confidentiality are critical. We take an approach which aims to protect the group from the individual and the individual from the group by respecting natural justice, due process and the integrity of the organisation.
We pride our success on responding quickly and tailoring our expertise to meet diverse and dynamic client needs. Call for a confidential chat to discuss your needs.