Helping Boards Govern Well


Practical board governance support that delivers impact.

Areas of Practice

board evaluations / GOVERNANCE audits

Given the evolution of governance processes and practices over almost three decades, there is a need and benefit for boards to consider their performance relative to structural, process and people dynamic perspectives. 

To ensure clients benefit from a customized process, a principle-based approach is used. These principles are universally relevant to good governance and board effectiveness; they will be applied in a customized manner to reflect the specific and unique client needs. The goal of identifying and acting on opportunities to achieve improved board effectiveness will be defined by how well the Board delivers on critical oversight principles

corporate secretarial support / capacity

Corporate secretaries and others supporting the work of boards often find themselves needing additional expertise to address capacity limitations. Short term engagements to help meet specific targets or assist with the development of board-related support materials can be the best way forward in meeting deadlines or working through spikes in workload.

board chair coaching / support

The role of board chair is a demanding one that often relies on trial and error in order to master. But ongoing group dynamics, the relationship between the board and management and other factors for which the chair is accountable often requires more immediate and informed guidance. As board chair, you can benefit from having a trustworthy confidant to work through boardroom challenges.

individual director assessments

Individual Director evaluations are an important and effective process to help Board members fulfill their responsibilities and contribute to effective oversight by the board team. When undertaken methodically, strategically and constructively, they can serve to strengthen individual board member capabilities and identify opportunities for improved performance.  Using relevance in design and sensitivity in implementation, Board member evaluations should ultimately improve the quality of overall board governance and foster the trust and confidence of key stakeholders.

board resource development

Boards often need short term access to professional expertise to provide resources such as mandates, governing process maps and tools and other support to assist with the completion of key accountabilities.



board training / development

Typically, when boards look to improve performance, they focus on their structure and oversight processes.   While it’s important to look at all contributors to governing well, many Boards need to target other, more critical issues that can’t be adequately addressed by conventional governance models, generic training or best practices. 

John Dinner guarantees dynamic board retreats and workshops designed to help boards achieve breakthroughs to its most critical challenges. Clients are equipped with solutions reflecting their specific needs and circumstances.  Your board will be guided through carefully planned exercises designed to:

  • Fully identify and address key performance factors; and,

  • Create customized tools that will sustain improved performance and contribution.

strategic planning

An organization’s strategy describes how it intends to create future, sustainable value for its stakeholders.   Critical to the success of any strategic planning is following a disciplined process to deliver shared understanding of and commitment to the organization’s strategic imperatives.  This requires translating critical strategic decisions into a set of priorities, objectives and appropriate allocation of resources.  These strategic imperatives can, in turn, provide an effective framework for the Board’s oversight focus going forward.

 A practical vision that creates the necessary sense of urgency to ensure sufficient time for the development, implementation and evaluation of plans typically requires a time horizon of about 3 - 5 years.