Emo­tional In­tel­li­gence is Key to Board Gov­er­nance says CGTI

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Saint Lu­cia’s Caribbean Gov­er­nance and Train­ing In­sti­tute (CGTI) is con­tin­u­ing to spread the mes­sage that sound cor­po­rate gov­er­nance by a strong, ed­u­cated and ef­fec­tive board is the key to the suc­cess of any or­gan­i­sa­tion, and re­gional busi­nesses are con­tin­u­ing to tak­ing no­tice.

In mid-May, CGTI founder-direc­tors Lisa Charles and Dr. Chris Bart vis­ited Ja­maica for the sec­ond time this year to fa­cil­i­tate a two-day pro­gramme for the direc­tors and man­agers of San­dals Re­sorts In­ter­na­tional, the par­ent com­pany of San­dals and Beaches Re­sorts across the Caribbean. Del­e­gates came from the San­dals Group of Com­pa­nies in Ja­maica and North Amer­ica, which in­cludes ATL Au­to­mo­tive, Ja­maica Ob­server, San­dals Re­sorts In­ter­na­tional, San­dals Cor­po­rate Univer­sity in ad­di­tion to Unique Va­ca­tions world­wide - the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of San­dals and Beaches Re­sorts. They met in Ocho Rios to par­tic­i­pate in the Char­tered Di­rec­tor Pro­gramme which cov­ers all as­pects of cor­po­rate gov­er­nance.

This was the sec­ond time the CGTI team de­liv­ered the course to del­e­gates from San­dals, who have en­thu­si­as­ti­cally ben­e­fit­ted from CGTI’s ex­ten­sive knowl­edge and ex­per­tise through high-en­ergy, in­ter­ac­tive ses­sions.

Con­tin­u­ing to prove that board ef­fec­tive­ness is be­com­ing a pri­or­ity for pro­gres­sive or­gan­i­sa­tions in the re­gion, the CGTI is set to de­liver its third ‘An­nual Hot Top­ics In Cor­po­rate Gov­er­nance Con­fer­ence’ in July un­der this year’s theme ‘Ex­plor­ing the Be­havioural Side of Ef­fec­tive Board Gov­er­nance.’ Fo­cus­ing on the im­por­tance of emo­tional in­tel­li­gence, crit­i­cal think­ing and com­plex moral rea­son­ing in the board­room, the CGTI founders will be joined by an im­pres­sive team of ex­perts in the ‘softer’ side of cor­po­rate gov­er­nance, who will de­liver the dy­namic two-day con­fer­ence through com­pelling pre­sen­ta­tions and chal­leng­ing in­ter­ac­tive ses­sions. Ex­ec­u­tives from the high­est lev­els of re­gional busi­ness will come to­gether to learn about the im­por­tance of board­room re­la­tion­ships in defin­ing the out­come of de­ci­sions, es­pe­cially when com­plex is­sues and di­verse at­ti­tudes need to be bal­anced and cir­cum­spect. CGTI as­serts that in 21st cen­tury busi­ness, tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise is no longer enough to guar­an­tee the ef­fec­tive­ness of the board, and ex­pe­ri­ence proves that un­der­stand­ing the hu­man dy­namic un­der­pin­ning all busi­ness ac­tiv­ity is a magic bul­let for real suc­cess.

The CGTI will con­duct this one-of-a-kind Hot Top­ics Con­fer­ence in Saint Lu­cia on July 4-5 at Coco Palm Re­sort in Rod­ney Bay, as­sem­bling an im­pres­sive group of cross­dis­ci­plinary thought-lead­ers and gov­er­nance prac­ti­tion­ers to dis­cuss the need for im­proved ac­count­abil­ity in the board­room through more rel­e­vant prac­tices, es­sen­tial be­hav­iours and cul­ture.

The CGTI team con­duct­ing the 3rd An­nual Hot Top­ics Con­fer­ence in 2016 in­cludes Dr. Stephen Stein, in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned psy­chol­o­gist and au­thor of the highly-ac­claimed ‘Emo­tional In­tel­li­gence for Dum­mies.’ Dr. Stein has con­sulted on nu­mer­ous real­ity TV shows in­clud­ing Big Brother, The Amaz­ing Race and MasterChef, and ap­peared on over 100 TV and ra­dio shows through­out Canada and the USA. He is a past Pres­i­dent of the On­tario Psy­cho­log­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion and a Fel­low of the Cana­dian Psy­cho­log­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion.

Min Basadur is a global ex­pert on cre­ative think­ing and prob­lem solv­ing. Founder of the Basadur Ap­plied Cre­ativ­ity Cen­tre, his world­wide net­work of con­sult­ing and re­search as­so­ci­ates uses his trade­marked Sim­plex­i­tyTM cre­ative prob­lem solv­ing sys­tem to con­sult in­ter­na­tion­ally with ma­jor or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing Google, P&G, eBay, Mi­crosoft, John Deere, Goodrich , BASF, Pfizer, Fox Stu­dios, USAF Aero­nau­ti­cal Labs and NASA.

Dr. Gre­gory McQueen is an ap­plied ethi­cist who lectures in the fields of bio-medical ethics, ethics, lead­er­ship and cog­ni­tive moral rea­son­ing as it ap­plies to lead­er­ship de­ci­sion-mak­ing and busi­ness man­age­ment. He has con­sulted with po­lit­i­cal lead­ers world­wide, in­clud­ing for­mer Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Mar­garet Thatcher and the King of Thai­land and ap­peared as a guest on such no­table shows as Dr. Phil.

And round­ing out this im­pres­sive body of ex­perts is Dr. David Kun­sch, an en­gi­neer, lit­i­ga­tion lawyer, univer­sity pro­fes­sor and for­mer cor­po­rate ex­ec­u­tive, whose cur­rent work cen­tres on crit­i­cal think­ing and ‘de­viant’ board be­hav­iours. Dr. Kun­sch has de­vel­oped pro­cesses and con­sul­ta­tive tech­niques that have been shown to be of prac­ti­cal value to both board mem­bers and se­nior ex­ec­u­tives, and to sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove crit­i­cal think­ing out­comes in in­di­vid­u­als and groups.

This crack team of pro­fes­sion­als be­lieves that gov­er­nance re­form has fo­cused too much on so–called ‘ex­ter­nal’ and ‘struc­tural’ best prac­tices, which are prov­ing to be in­suf­fi­cient for im­prov­ing or­gan­i­sa­tional per­for­mance and may even com­pro­mise it. Ac­cord­ing to CGTI: “Real gov­er­nance re­form be­gins at home - in­side the board­room, among the direc­tors. How direc­tors in­ter­act and work with one an­other and with man­age­ment is prov­ing to be the ‘se­cret sauce’ of great gov­er­nance . . . in other words, the ‘soft stuff’ makes the dif­fer­ence.”

Con­fer­ence Chair­man and CGTI Co-Di­rec­tor, Dr. Chris Bart as­serts that real gov­er­nance re­form lies in chang­ing the be­hav­iours, re­la­tion­ships and think­ing pat­terns of the direc­tors.

“Board mem­bers at this con­fer­ence learn how to turn the ‘soft side’ of gov­er­nance from a vague con­cept into a way of de­liv­er­ing or­gan­i­sa­tional re­silience, ro­bust­ness and con­tin­u­ously im­proved cor­po­rate per­for­mance. The 3rd Hot Top­ics in Gov­er­nance Con­fer­ence shows direc­tors how to be­come a val­ued as­set within their or­gan­i­sa­tion, and CGTI’s fac­ulty ex­perts from North Amer­ica are more than equipped to ed­u­cate par­tic­i­pants about be­com­ing more ef­fec­tive board direc­tors, shar­ing gov­er­nance pro­cesses and tools that will trans­port the board be­yond mere com­pli­ance and help it cap­ture op­por­tu­ni­ties that gen­er­ate long term value.”

CGTI Co-Di­rec­tor Lisa Charles is ex­cited to be host­ing the 2016 Hot Top­ics Con­fer­ence on the com­pany’s home turf, and en­cour­ages board direc­tors from all busi­ness sec­tors to par­tic­i­pate and ben­e­fit from the ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge of their re­gional peers, as well as the top notch ex­perts who prom­ise to de­liver the crit­i­cal tools for suc­cess.

“This is a unique con­fer­ence in the Caribbean re­gion, cov­er­ing top­ics that are cru­cial to the suc­cess of ev­ery or­gan­i­sa­tion in a fastchang­ing busi­ness world,” says Ms Charles. “Whether you are on the board of a small fam­ily busi­ness or the di­rec­tor of a multi-na­tional cor­po­ra­tion, un­der­stand­ing how emo­tional in­tel­li­gence ben­e­fits the qual­ity of gov­er­nance can be cru­cial when it comes to mak­ing the dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions. CGTI is a Saint Lu­cian com­pany, so we hope this ‘home game’ will at­tract lo­cal direc­tors and ex­ec­u­tives to join the movers and shak­ers from the Caribbean re­gion for a life-chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Del­e­gates at the last CGTI con­fer­ence ready to re­turn to busi­ness and use the ben­e­fits of their new knowl­edge and skills.

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