33 episodes

Welcome to the Take on Board podcast, where we talk all things boards and governance.

Being on a Board can be interesting, valuable and exciting.

Yet it can also be lonely, challenging and hard.

Each week, Helga Svendsen talks to women who have been there, done that. Together we'll discover what we need to Take on Board to be your best in the boardroom.

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Welcome to the Take on Board podcast, where we talk all things boards and governance.

Being on a Board can be interesting, valuable and exciting.

Yet it can also be lonely, challenging and hard.

Each week, Helga Svendsen talks to women who have been there, done that. Together we'll discover what we need to Take on Board to be your best in the boardroom.

    What your board can learn from a value based healthcare approach with Zoe Wainer

    What your board can learn from a value based healthcare approach with Zoe Wainer

    Today on the Take on Board podcast, Helga speaks with Zoe Wainer about being an effective board member, governance challenges and in particular about value based health care.
    Zoe is the chair of the board of Dental Health Services Victoria and also a board member of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation.

    She was formerly on the boards of the AMA Victoria and Tobacco Free portfolios. She is a medical doctor with a clinical background in cardiothoracic surgery, and the head of Public Health and Medical Director at BUPA.

    Contact Zoe or find out more about her:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/zoe-wainer-2939b466/
    Boards Zoe is on:
    Dental Health Services Victoria - https://www.dhsv.org.au/
    Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation - https://responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au/
    Resources from this episode:
    Harvard's Value Based Health Care - https://www.isc.hbs.edu/health-care/value-based-health-care/Pages/default.aspx
    FOR MORE INFORMATION:
    Join the Take on Board community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TakeOnBoard/
    Follow along on Twitter: @TakeOnBoard
    Helga's Board Kickstarter and Board Accelerator programs: https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/events
    Details about the 2020 Board Accelerator program: https://www.trybooking.com/BGYIY
    For more information about Helga Svendsen: https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/
    Interested in working with Helga? https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/workwithme
    To contact Helga: helga@helgasvendsen.com.au

    • 31 min
    Tackling imposter syndrome and finding your purpose with Jennifer Duncan

    Tackling imposter syndrome and finding your purpose with Jennifer Duncan

    Today on the Take on Board podcast, Helga speaks with Jennifer Duncan about women leadership and how imposter syndrome sometimes holds us back from seeking roles such as directorships.

    Jennifer is Deputy Chair of Justice Reinvestment, South Australia, Deputy Chair of the Youth Affairs Council of South Australia and a member of the Living Stories advisory board. She was formerly on the South Australian Council of Social Services, the Australian Youth Affairs coalition Australian Red Cross South Australia and the South Australian health and Community Services skills board.

    She has a wealth of experience to share with us. She works in and with for purpose organisations. She's led and grown organisations and multimillion dollar projects and collaborated in the creation of successful startups.

    Jennifer's passion is working with organisations and communities seeking to make a genuine difference.

    Contact Jennifer or find out more about her:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-duncan-adelaide/

    Boards Jennifer is on:
    Justice Reinvestment - https://www.justicereinvestmentsa.org/
    Youth Affairs Council of South Australia - https://www.yacsa.com.au/
    Living Stories - https://www.livingstories.net.au/

    Resources from this episode:
    Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership - Joseph Jaworski
    Board Tools - https://wiki.qut.edu.au/display/CPNS/Evaluation+Tools
    Dunning Kruger Effect - https://bit.ly/2u30S03

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:
    Join the Take on Board community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TakeOnBoard/
    Follow along on Twitter: @TakeOnBoard
    Helga's Board Kickstarter and Board Accelerator programs: https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/events
    Details about the 2020 Board Accelerator program: https://www.trybooking.com/BGYIY
    For more information about Helga Svendsen: https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/
    Interested in working with Helga? https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/workwithme
    To contact Helga: helga@helgasvendsen.com.au

    • 35 min
    Bushfires and climate change - impact in the board room: Get Elected with Ruth McGowan

    Bushfires and climate change - impact in the board room: Get Elected with Ruth McGowan

    Today on the Take on Board podcast, Helga speaks with Ruth McGowan about getting elected to government, after all, local, state or federal governments are just another form of Board.

    They'll be talking about the governance challenges in elected positions, how to get elected, office politics and more.

    This interview was recorded in late 2019. Since then, Australia has been in the middle of a ferocious the bushfire season. Since Helga has been doing this series on climate change bushfires, and its impact in the boardroom, she thought revisiting this discussion with Ruth would be helpful.

    In this updated conversation with her we find out how she and her community are. And we also gain some additional insights from her about how getting elected can help to ensure that the science of climate change is heeded in government. It's a call to action for us all. If we care about these issues, we need to be part of the solution and go get elected.
    Ruth McGowan assists leaders in the local government and public sector to learn how to become more politically astute at work in the community and engaging with elected representatives. She trains leaders in the public sector to boost their political intelligence, which helps them understand office politics.

    She's written the book, Get Elected, on campaigning for political office. She's passionate about gender equality and improving opportunities for women, and she co founded Honour a Woman, an organisation to advance equality in Australian honours. She's also a member of the board of the Victorian Women's Trust.

    We'll start with the update and then go into the main interview. So you might notice a change in the audio as we chop and change between the two interviews. But I know that that additional information that we got from Ruth will be of incredible value to you.

    Contact Ruth or find out more about her:
    https://ruthmcgowan.com/

    Boards Ruth is on:
    Victorian Women's Trust - https://www.vwt.org.au/

    Resources from this episode:
    Get Elected - https://ruthmcgowan.com/book/
    Linkedin to Jack and Jill - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/linkedin-to-jack-and-jill/id1474808296
    Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund - https://www.gerf.org.au/

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:
    Join the Take on Board community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TakeOnBoard/
    Follow along on Twitter: @TakeOnBoard
    Helga's Board Kickstarter and Board Accelerator programs: https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/events
    Details about the 2020 Board Accelerator program: https://www.trybooking.com/BGYIY
    For more information about Helga Svendsen: https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/
    Interested in working with Helga? https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/workwithme
    To contact Helga: helga@helgasvendsen.com.au

    • 43 min
    Bushfires and climate change - impact in the boardroom of a tourism organisation and agribusiness with Nicola Pero

    Bushfires and climate change - impact in the boardroom of a tourism organisation and agribusiness with Nicola Pero

    Today on the Take on Board podcast, Helga talks with Nicola Pero about bushfires, board obligations in considering climate risk, and the balance of operational versus strategic in times of crisis.

    Nicola is a Gippslander and a board member of Destination Gippsland and Food and Fibre Gippsland. She has a lot to share with us since Gippsland has been at the center of one of the devastating bushfires in Australia. The impact on both the tourism industry and agriculture will be enormous.

    She was formerly on the business curriculum Advisory Board of Bahrain Polytechnic. With previous private public not for profit and government experience Nicola has a comprehensive background in stakeholder management. Her global expertise comes from leadership roles in Australia, Greece, Canada, USA, Qatar and Bahrain. Her experience has been growing through experience in public venues, local government, economic and tourism development.

    Contact Nicola or find out more about her:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicolapero/

    Boards Nicola is on:
    Destination Gippsland - https://www.visitgippsland.com.au/
    Food and Fibre Gippsland - https://www.foodandfibregippsland.com.au/

    Resources from this episode:
    New Scientist - https://www.newscientist.com/
    Soft is the New Hard by Leah Mather - https://www.leahmether.com.au/book/
    Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund - https://www.gerf.org.au/

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:
    Join the Take on Board community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TakeOnBoard/
    Follow along on Twitter: @TakeOnBoard
    Helga's Board Kickstarter and Board Accelerator programs: https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/events
    For more information about Helga Svendsen: https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/
    Interested in working with Helga? https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/workwithme
    To contact Helga: helga@helgasvendsen.com.au

    • 33 min
    Bushfires and climate change - impact in the boardroom of a winery with Henriette Rothschild

    Bushfires and climate change - impact in the boardroom of a winery with Henriette Rothschild

    Today on the Take on Board podcast, Helga talks with Henriette Rothschild about bushfires, climate change, emergencies and the impact that this has in the boardroom.

    Helga was in Adelaide during the Christmas period. During that time, the Adelaide Hills experienced devastating fires. Two people died and others were injured. More than 80 homes were lost, as well as about 500 outbuildings, hundreds of vehicles and extensive losses of livestock, pets and massive crop damage and vineyard damage.

    In particular, about 1100 hectares of the Adelaide Hills vineyards are believed to have been destroyed or badly damaged due to the fires. This is around one third of the area's grape production.

    Helga immediately thought of speaking with Henriette about the impact of this sort of devastation and bushfires on the wine industry, as she is on the board of Brown Family Wine Group (Brown Brothers Winery). She's also on the Board of Richmond Football Club (so she's held the Premiership Cup!) and a former Advisory Board member of CircleSource and Victoria Police.

    Helga met Henriette when they did Company Directors Course together at the Australian Institute of Company Directors and she immediately impressed me as one of the smartest people in the room. She has more than a decade of success in challenging executive leadership roles across Australia, New Zealand, Japan and Korea, and has a background in sales, commercial marketing, consulting and HR. She's passionate about working with great people to ensure organisations transform and perform.

    Contact Henriette or find out more about her:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/henriette-rothschild-43b37b2/

    Resources from this episode:
    Brown Family Group Wines: https://www.brownbrothers.com.au/
    Supporting the Australian Wine Industry after the fires: https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2020/01/how-you-can-support-the-australian-wine-industry-after-the-fires/
    Adelaide Hills Bushfire affected wineries who need your support: https://glamadelaide.com.au/heres-the-bushfire-affected-wineries-who-need-your-support/

    FOR MORE INFORMATION:
    Join the Take on Board community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TakeOnBoard/
    Follow along on Twitter: @TakeOnBoard
    Helga's Board Kickstarter and Board Accelerator programs: https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/events
    For more information about Helga Svendsen: https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/
    Interested in working with Helga? https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/workwithme
    To contact Helga: helga@helgasvendsen.com.au

    • 29 min
    20 tips to take on board in 2020

    20 tips to take on board in 2020

    Today on the Take on Board podcast, Helga brings you 20 board tips to take into 2020.

    In doing so, I acknowledge my good friend Jackie Cooper who helped me bring this together - there's no way I would have been able to pull out all the key themes and my favourite bits as it would be a bit like having to choose your favourite child. I love all of it! So Jackie was key in pulling this together.

    So let's go back to the start. The first Take on Board episode aired Wednesday 2 July 2019 with the fabulous Sandra Loader. Over six months 23 very different women passed on what they'd learnt about getting on a board and being an effective board member.

    There were some standout themes across all 26 episodes.

    There's a loose order to this list: starting with getting on board, to good things to do when on a board. And #1 is without a doubt the most important theme - relationships.

    Resource's Helga mentions:

    The full list of tips from this podcast is in this handy list: https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/single-post/2020/01/07/20-board-tips-to-take-into-2020

    Australia's Bushfire Appeal details:
    The Victorian Bushfire Appeal
    This article from the Sydney Morning Herald that outlines a number of organisations supporting people and animals.
    Service NSW is supporting the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery. To donate, please call 1800 811 700 or make a donation online.
    South Australia - the Kangaroo Island Bushfire Relief Fund and the South Australian Bushfire relief fund.

    • https://www.kangarooisland.sa.gov.au/notice-board/latest-news/ki-mayoral-relief-and-recovery-bushfire-fund
    • https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/south-aussies-donate-big-to-help-bushfire-victims/news-story/7f8a1ee5d4aecd2fdcb520d6aa5e0f88

    #20 Organisations and their boards will continue to change
    Episode 12: After the Royal Commission, Christina Liosis
    Ep 5: Getting attention in the boardroom with Julie Bignell - https://www.helgasvendsen.com.au/ep5-julie-bignell-take-on-board
    #19 Get board-ready
    Episode 9: Getting board ready, Anita Roper
    Australian Institute of Company Directors course
    Board Accelerator Program.
    Board KickStarter program
    #18 Get your board CV ready
    Episode 6, The CV, Dominique Hes
    #17 Networks matter
    Episode 22: Using your networks, Clare McCartin
    #16 Leverage workplace roles into governance roles
    Episode 8: More women in decision-making roles, Leonie Morgan
    #15 Follow passions and interests
    Episode 11: Following passions and interests, Sandy Bell
    #14 Understand your values
    Episode 12: After the Royal Commission, Christina Liosis
    Brene Brown says to pick two key values (e.g. 'equity' and 'courage')
    #13 Welcome and acknowledge the traditional owners
    Episode 10: Rethinking the meaning of 'country', Amber Roberts
    Welcome (to country) and acknowledgement (of country)
    Learn about indigenous governance: try the Indigenous Governance Institute Toolkit
    #12 The board is a team
    Episode 4: Courageous questions, Llewellyn Prain
    #10 Embrace diversity
    Episode 18: The importance of regional boards, Fiona Williams
    #9 Align with management
    Episode 7: Making problems easy to solve, Dr Sue Keay
    #8 Put in the time + read the papers
    Episode 2: Getting clear about intentions, Rachel Lowry
    #7 Put the consumer first
    Episode 20: Putting the consumer first, Kellie O'Callaghan
    #6 The art of asking the good question
    Episode 13: Finding the right fit, Jo Plummer
    #5 Find your voice
    Episode 19: Breaking down preconceptions, Sheena Watt

    • Your voice: "I had to develop my voice." Michelle Shepherd
    • Loud and proud: "You need to be loud and proud if you're on a board." Sandra Loader
    • Bravery: "Having the courage and the bravery to open your mouth and ask those questions." Julie Bignell#4 Have a succession plan
    Episode 15: An appetite for risk, Zora Artis
    Board Observership program
    #3 Ongoing knowledge and skills development
    Episode 21: The...

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! Misha ! ,

Well done Helga

An informative and authentic podcast that is now a weekly go-to and one that I regularly share with aspiring directors in my women’s leadership development programs.

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Excellent podcast focussing on Board roles

I’m an avid listener of this podcast. Terrific insights. Ideal for anyone who is interested in, or is on a Board or committee. Great to have an Australian based podcast focussing on good governance. Through this podcast Helga speaks to a diverse range of great women. I’d nominate my favourite episode but there are too many to list! My suggestion is to start with any episode and you won’t be disappointed. Many thanks Helga for your work in making this podcast available to us!

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Great listening and lots of practical info and tips

I am a fan of this podcast. Helga is a great host, asks lots of great questions and all the guests are interesting with diverse backgrounds. Lots of tips and information on good governance practice.

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