Emotional Intelligence is Key to Board Governance says CGTI
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.