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Board Directors should do nothing at all!

Ask most people pursuing a career and working within a small, medium or large corporate what title the want to hold in the future when they 'have made it', and the title is likely to end in Director.

This term is recognised as someone with authority who is in charge as well as being recognised legally in similar terms. Departments are often headed by a Director (or if you prefer 'Officer' as in CFO, CMO etc) with neat lines on organisation charts pointing up to the Directors. The Person occupying the top slot has often worked their way up and has done, or could do, each of the jobs in the department.

This all suggests that the Director at the top of the department is a 'super' team member or implies that the operational work of the team is also the work of the Director.

Well we don’t agree.


We strongly advocate the Board of Directors do nothing at all!

In our world, and the world of fully formed corporates, what makes you a director is that you are part of the strategic leadership team. That team, the Board, is responsible for determining the vision of the organisation and then monitoring whether the organisation is delivering that vision successfully. When they are engaged in those two activities they are being Directors.

The Board should never be engaged in actually delivering the 'widget' and Board time should not be taken up with what are operational delivery issues. In other words, the Board should do nothing at all.

If you feel that you are 'doing' rather than 'directing', please send us an email or call us on 020 7965 7216


We've resolved this situation for many directors and would love to have a conversation to see if we can help you too.

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