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Giving back to the Community - Grounded Governance
Community

Giving – back, forward and in every direction

December is the month when both gratitude and the opportunity to help others come together. So far this month the Grounded team have given our time and energy to: A “for purpose” board who were keen on some governance training and a reset on their

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Community

Introducing “Ask us anything”

We just kicked off a new project! We are giving people a safe space to ask governance questions.   You know the ones. The questions that you might feel embarrassed about because you think, “maybe I should already know that?”. Or questions about how the board should be

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Governance

Risk is not just a four-letter word

One of NZ’s biggest banks has hit the international headlines for inadequate governance oversight. The review focused on risk – a hot topic right now, especially around banking boardrooms. In November 2021, the NZ Reserve Bank released an independent report done by UK consultants on

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our changing landscape
Governance

Our Changing Landscape

It’s a very interesting time in Aotearoa New Zealand right now. For many businesses, boards and people, it’s not interesting in a good way.  It’s challenging, stressful, frankly worrying … Do I still have a job?  Will our business survive?  Can we care for our

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Change of direction for boards …
Boards

Change of direction for boards…

For many years, directors have paid attention primarily – exclusively? – to delivering a return to shareholders. Many businesses have been driven by short term profits. Rather than consider societal benefits, and sustainability, some directors have been shielded by their statutory duty to act in

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Governance

The right approach to what you write…

If the devil’s in the details, the details are often found in paperwork I believe governance paperwork should be easily accessible, and easy to use. But you also have to get it right. In New Zealand, starting a business and agreeing to be a director

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Global Governance standards
Boards

Global governance, local impact

This month, the world’s been given its first ever global standard on great governance. Thanks to the International Standards Board, we’ve got ISO 37000:2021. This is a big deal for directors, governance geeks (yep!) and those who run a board’s processes and paperwork. We’ve now

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Boards

Every board needs a road map

We all need a road map at times, to help us get to where we want to go. Ideally it’s one that takes us in a destination or in a direction we choose. For boards, this is called their annual work plan. Too often I

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