‘Developing Board Leadership’ was an event organised by SACANCHAM, facilitated by Professor Arnold Smit, and hosted by Bryte Insurance on the 8th November.
CEOs, directors and industry leaders were put through their paces at this fast-paced, proactive workshop.
SACANCHAM was represented by Board members Hennie Oosthuizen, Brian Lever, Alyson D’Oyley and Mike Morgan, while Marcello DiFranco wore two hats – one representing the Canadian High Commission Trade Office and the other as a Chamber Board member. An excellent presentation on the importance of Board leadership and the role of the director was given by Alyson D’Oyley. Brian Lever’s challenging questions got the interaction going from the delegates, and Marcello DiFranco impressed with his insightful summing up as he thanked the Professor.
Bryte’s facilities were tops, especially with that magnificent 360” view of the city. Mike Morgan ensured the delegates’ glasses were kept filled with the gorgeous wines generously sponsored by Dr David Bates of Leopard Frog, and the catering from Under Wraps Catering was very well received.
Founding Director Hennie Oosthuizen ‘worked the room’ brilliantly as usual, ensuring SACANCHAM will have new members signing up very soon.
Some of the points covered in the workshop
- What is a director? One of the definitions from Google is ‘a person who supervises the actors and other staff in a film, play, or similar production.’
- A director in an organisation – in reality – is scripting a story.
- In this story, what does this director deeply aspire to? Professor Smit posed the question ‘If this was about you, who were you as a character?’ to the delegates. This started a lively discussion.
Focusing on the director as a person
Building confidence and inner pride in a director allows the person to find the inner strength to do what has to be done, to stand up and join others in respect of ethics, responsibility and governance. In this way, crucial decisions will be based on these true values.
We will be featuring reports written by delegates that will give more detail.