ASK BETTER QUESTIONS
Build the Foundation to Be an Effective Board Member
Whether or not you’re an experienced non-executive director, there are certain principles and concepts that you need to be comfortable with when it comes to effectively leading health, safety and well-being.
But here’s the thing, while the study and science behind how to create positive health, safety and well-being outcomes has become more sophisticated, the global curriculum for board members has not kept up.
This means that many board members are sitting idly when health, safety and well-being matters are discussed, afraid to ask the proverbial stupid question, or worse, they’re asking questions based on their out-of-date mental models and mindsets that inevitably are driving the wrong behaviour.
But that’s not you.
You’re determined to build your awareness and ask better questions so that you can be effective and use your influence to make a positive impact.
So here’s your Guide to “5 Foundational Health, Safety & Well-being Principles that Every Board Member Should Know”.
The focus of this Guide is to give you the key principles and concepts that you need to know to be comfortable to talk to health, safety and well-being matters in your boardroom with confidence.
A good place to start when looking to understand mental health hazards is to first understand our needs; that is, what human needs must be met in order to provide a psychologically safe and healthy workplace? Then work backwards to see how those needs might be impeded. In this video, I’ll walk you through 5 basic human needs that must be met if you’re to cultivate a psychologically safe and healthy workplace.
Our mental models are part of our subconsciousness and they can be the reason we shut out information, or why we’re open to learning. It’s therefore essential that we try and bring our mental models to the surface every once in a while to examine whether they are still relevant. In this video I’ll outline two common mental models that inform the board’s perception of the role that people play in either creating or reducing safety in the workplace – one of them will drive organizational improvement, the other will hinder and leave you blind-sided when something happens.
In this video I’m exploring the cost of employees’ perception of unfairness on their physical and mental health and I outline three tips where board members have an opportunity to contribute to improving the perception of fairness in the workplace.
Numerous studies show that positive emotions improve your well-being and the well-being of those around you, but they also broaden our thinking. So this week I’ll explain why positive emotions are good for the health and resilience of your organisation and perhaps a key part of your board communication strategy!