A major part of my work with boards involves coaching chairmen, non executives, CEOs and other directors.
I help leaders develop and transition into new roles.
New chairs may find Tomorrow’s Chairman a series of letters to a new chair from colleagues, a helpful read. Co authored by Patrick Haighton, Tomorrow’s Company Tim Copnell, KPMG; Richard Emerton, Whitehead Mann and myself it is based on our experience and our interviews directors. It was serialised in the FT during summer 2014.
For CEOs I can provide a safe space to develop goals and plans and help with balancing competing demands and goals, dealing with difficult decisions, leading and delivering change, and building a collaborative team.
For other senior roles such as company secretaries and general counsels I often assist in developing a strategic agenda for the board, working with the chair and CEO, and moving beyond compliance.
Meanwhile, for those outside the boardroom there are common issues, such as becoming a trusted board advisor, making proposals and plans relevant and “sticky” with the CEO and CFO, and building effective relationships across the leadership team. Each director also has their own challenges which they work through in coaching sessions with me.
Oonagh doesn't impose solutions, she works with me to help me find and craft my own solution. I always left...inspired, recharged and feeling like somebody had switched on a light in my head. I had many ``Aha!`` moments that helped me see more clearly and solve problems in a sensitive and creative way.Sophie Mathur, Partner, Linklaters Singapore