Attended an Australian Institute of Company Directors “Leaders lunch” today at which Michael Smith the Former Chairman of the birds of Prey in the sport we don’t mention, was joined on stage by Diane Smith-Gander Chair of Basketball Australia, Geoff Stooke Former Chair of Rugby WA and Liam Twigger Deputy Chair of Football West.
Sadly “Chatham House Rules” applied to what they had to say, which means that we cannot repeat anything that was actually said outside of the room, however there were plenty of interesting points that were raised and lessons that could be learned.
One that Football may benefit from in light of this latest review is to adopt a model similar to Rugby WA’s board structure.
Rugby WA appoints five board members from within the game, from their stakeholders, so that the game has representation at board level. The remaining five members are truly independent board members, to bring to the table good business skills and to add some balance on certain issues.
Times are forever changing and what was interesting to note, was that Basketball and Rugby both felt that social media had in the main been a huge benefit to their games and they suffered very little negativity; Football felt in their experience it was detrimental. Wonder if that was aimed at us?
Based on what was discussed two key lessons that came out of the lunch for the board of any sport were, involve and communicate with your stakeholders, and that board member terms of office are most effective if they are two or at most three year terms.