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Young Leaders take Board Seats

Posted on March 24, 2014 by GeersSullivan


Aged care provider Southcare has appointed its first board member under 30 years of age in a move it hopes will motivate other young people to follow suit.

Ashley Dawson, who is 29, was officially appointed to the board following a program intended to inject more youth into the aged care sector.

Southcare chief executive Nicky Howe is one of the key drivers of the Young Leaders in Aged Care program launched earlier this year, which is funded by a social innovation grant worth $180,000.

“You only have to look around the boards and committees of most aged care and community organisations to see that they are full of, dare I say it, grey-haired men”.  Ms Howe told Business News.

“So the motivation for me was about getting diversification on to boards and making sure that we have good governance and future governance.”

Fellow aged care providers MercyCare and Baptistcare were also part of the program to educate young leaders on board directorships and have since appointed younger members, but Ms Howe said it took some convincing to get involvement from others.

“I’d have chief executives ring me up and say “are you for real?” she said.

“I think (older board members) do have legitimate concerns, when you’re a board member you do have a lot of responsibilities they saw (lack of experience) as the barrier.

“But lack of experience is only one of the issues of not being an effective board member, there’s a whole load of things that make a board member ineffective.”

Ms Dawson was introduced to the Southcare board under a traineeship, and appointed as a member at the board’s last meeting.

She said her motivation for getting involved stemmed from working the aged care sector as a university student, reinforced by her accounting experience and seeing clients navigate boardroom strategy.

But the agreed there was a definite scepticism at her ability to contribute.

“It’s just about age, and I think there’s an assumption that a young person doesn’t have life experience, so how can they contribute to a board.” Ms Dawson said.

“But it’s not just about having a number of years clocked up on the board, it’s also about having a different skill set and a different perspective.

“The not-for-profit sector as a whole needs to embrace programs like this, otherwise in five or 10 years’ time we’re going to be severely lacking n board members at all.”

Seats on a not-for-profit board can often open the door to corporate directorships, but Ms Dawson said that was not her intention.

It shouldn’t be a springboard just to get on to a corporate board.  The sector is just crying out for new people,” she said.


Source:  WA Business News Article published on 21st November 2013 written by Shanna Crispin

Dress for Success

Posted on November 23, 2013 by Andrew Sullivan

“Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence in society.”

– Mark Twain

I’m a fan of nice suit, in fact nice clothes in general. I know that our clients are sharp dressers—so this article won’t tell you anything you don’t already know. Instead you might want to pass it on to someone you think could do with sharpening up their appearance at work.
Here are some words of advice given to me early in my career…

Presentation Counts. First impressions are as much about what someone sees when they look at you as what they hear you say. If you want people to take you seriously then you need to look like you take yourself seriously.

Dress for the job you want, not the job you have. Really this just isn’t about what you wear, its how you wear it and how you carry yourself. Act like you are more senior in your organisation by delivering more than expected from your role and you’ll be promoted much faster.

Casual dress day at the office is different to casual dress on the weekends. Casual doesn’t meet slovenly. A casual shirt or a polo t-shirt and jeans (dark denim) or casual trousers are fine for casual dress at the office. Shorts and a tank top are not.

To dress well at work you don’t need to break the bank. Buy what you can afford and get it altered to fit well. An expensive suit that is too big or too small doesn’t look as good as a more affordable suit that has been tailored to fit well.

A plain navy suit is the most versatile – this should be the first suit you buy. The second one should be grey. These two colours will cover you for any occasion requiring a suit.

A crisp white shirt goes with any coloured suit, trousers or jeans. If you wear a tie, keep it simple but have some fun with the colour. This doesn’t mean cartoon characters though.

Wear proper, polished shoes.

If in doubt, look to Frank Sinatra. The man knew how to dress…

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