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WATSON knows governance

March 14, 2019

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WATSON knows governance. Period. Our Governing with Intention™ 2-day course is facilitated by WATSON’s very own governance experts. Through the course, we deliver practical tools and clear guidance incorporating on-trend and current governance practices, to help uncover and navigate through difficult scenarios faced by directors and management.

So, what is the fuss about WATSON’s Governance Education:

  1. We understand what it means to be intentional. Purpose, design and belief are three governance tenant WATSON consistently sees in high performing Boards. Without a common language and approach, and collective intention to achieve results, the board may fail to contribute to the organization’s overall success.
  2. Maximize contributions from key individuals on your board and management team. We help determine differences between board and operational committee tasks, strategies to strengthen the CEO/board relationship and training tips on how to best prepare new or incoming board and committee chairs. We lay the foundation for them to hit the ground running, be successful and have impactful contributions.
  3. Your time together as a Board is precious. Often, we find there is increased scrutiny from an organization to enhance board performance and streamline efficiencies. WATSON breaks down the time your board spends together showing how imperative is it that your meetings, agendas, forward calendars and clarity on roles and responsibilities are highly evolved. Let us dive deep to help you work smarter, not harder, to make the hours count.
  4. Strengthen board culture. If you are not intentional in designing the type of board dynamics you need, the dynamics will create itself. Learn how to identify problem areas that individuals, boards and management can focus on, and introduce new practices to improve relations.
  5. Shed light on the grey area between governance and operations. Over time, WATSON has seen a shift in the types of activities directors should be involved in to carry out their responsibility to the organization – organizational stewardship. From strategy, planning, risk, and ethics, to stakeholder engagement, boards must be mindful when they make decisions, when they collaborate with management and when they oversee operations.
  6. Forward thinking. Depending on the board structure, we have seen that there can be several challenges in composing a high-functioning board for an organization. We review common challenges by analyzing and discussing leading renewal practices to help ensure the organization has the board and executive leaders it needs to achieve its goals over the next five years.
  7. Questions about directors’ legal responsibilities? From fiduciary duty of care to reasonable reliance on management, we cover all the Governance 101 basics. Great for new incoming chair members, or as a refresher course for seasoned board members or management.


Register today for an upcoming WATSON governance course to learn more.