Welcome to Module 3: Your Board Value
In this module…
You will learn how to:
– develop your value proposition
– prepare your personal profile
Your Board Value
In Module 2, you learnt about Boards and the type of Boards and pathways most suited to you. You also learnt about the type of skills and attributes Boards are seeking in candidates for members of their group. The next step will be taking a deep dive into understanding you, yes YOU!
You are a unique individual who possesses a unique set of qualities and strengths. No one else has lived your life, lived your experiences or developed your insight. Nor do they have your personality and characteristics! There might be similarities but your overall combination is unlikely to be repeated just around the corner!
This step is about exploring all that make you, You, and helps you to identify who you are and what you have to offer. Remember though, this is all in the context of Boards.
What are your unique skills and attributes? What can you offer a Board? In order to effectively answered these questions and articulate your story and pitch, your deep dive into YOU, is essential. Undertaking a Self-Assessment through a Self-Reflection process is key to your success in defining, your value, capability and capacity. Without this process, you may miss some key skills or attributes which may add strength to your proposition to a Board.
When we consider your attributes, we are talking about ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ skills as shown below. These including:
– Personal Skills: the general characteristics, capabilities and capacities of a person, for example, Ethics, Commitment, Analytical Thinking, Judgement, Emotional Intelligence, etc.
– Interpersonal Skills: how an individual interacts and works with others, for example, Respect, Listening, Verbal Communication, Collaboration, etc.
– Technical Skills: are specialised in a particular area of expertise, for example, Engineering, Science, Medical, Information Technology, Education, Social Development, Economics, Law, etc.
– Administrative Skills: are related to business, for example, Finances, Strategic Planning, Governance, Risk, Sustainability, Social Media, etc.
Upon completing this process, you will gain an appreciation of your unique set of attributes. The aim is for you to have a better understanding of the diversity and depth of your qualities, and the value you can offer a Board. Hence, your story!
This will also become known as your Value Proposition. Don’t be surprised if it looks different to what you thought. Stopping quietly and reflecting can be a very powerful activity if you haven’t done it before! You may even decide to ask others for input to help you gain a more well-rounded understanding.
With this insight and sense of value, you can create a Profile Summary. This can become a foundation piece for you to practice the articulation of your story as well as provide a basis for your Board role applications, covered in Module 5.
To understand more about the skills sought by Boards, watch the following video.
Task 1: Research
The aim of the exercise is to familiarise yourself with skills that have been identified as being of most important, particularly in the future.
Click on the link below to a brief article about Future Skills. Make some notes about what what resonates and aligns with your interest, experience or direction.
A downloadable Future Skills notes page is available in your workbook.
Task 2: Self-Assessment
The key objective of this module, is for you to have a greater sense and understanding of you!
To gain a greater appreciation of YOU, the task here is to undertake a Self-Assessment, part of a self-reflection process, to ascertain your primary skills and attributes.
Take a look at each type of skills:
– Technical skills
– Administrative skills
– Personal skills
– Interpersonal skills
Remember to consider some of the future skills.
A Self-Assessment worksheet and notes page are available in your workbook you to work on.
Task 3: Your Profile
The other key takeaway from this module, is your summary or profile which outlines your value. The aim of this exercise is for you to highlight the depth and diversity of your value to a Board.
Using some of the information from your Self-Assessment about your skills, consider some of your key unique offerings. As in the last task, these may be skills-base but what are your other capabilities? What can you achieve? What other insights do you have?
Remember, this has to be prepared and pitched in the context of Board work.
There is a Value Proposition notes page to begin compiling your thoughts. When completed, use your notes from both exercises to prepare your personal Profile.
Both note pages and worksheets can be found in your workbook.
Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.
– Henry Thoreau
The outcomes of this module is to provide and equip you with four important achievements to help you understand YOU and how you can use this when applying for Board roles.
The four key outcomes of Module 3 are:
1. Insight: Gaining information about yourself to help articulate your value and offering to a Board. You will come to know your range of qualities and strengths.
2. Clarity: Refining your understanding of your skills will help articulate your story.
3. Value: You will appreciate how your skills and attributes can be applied and utilised in the Boardroom.
4. Profile: This additional understanding provides a renewed personal narrative that can be used to pitch your value to a Board.
Well done on working your way through Module 3 to better understand yourself!
Key to your success, whether it be for a Board role or other opportunity, will be your greater sense of self, your skills, your attributes and all that makes you, YOU!
The Module 3 checklist is included in your workbook for you to mark off your progress and keep you heading in the right direction.
Take the next step in your journey to the Board…