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Right Seat Right Table: An Outsider's Guide to Securing the Ideal Board Role by [Paul Smith]

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  • "Since 1991, I have worked with young people in over 70 countries. Once they understand the problems, once we listen to their voices, once we empower them to act, their energy and determination is amazing. They are our greatest hope for the future. We must encourage them to believe in themselves and grow into leaders in their chosen way of life. This includes a position in the boardroom. My advice to anyone reading Paul's much-needed book is, "never give up". Changing the world takes persistence, passion and purpose, as well as a belief in yourself." - Jane Goodall PhD, DBE Founder, the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace


  • "Finally, a book that answers not only the 'how-to' of getting a board seat but asks the reader to truly understand why they would bother taking on the responsibility that follows and what kind of legacy they want to leave. The world is craving leadership at every level. If you want to be tomorrow's leader, please read Right Seat, Right Table." - Cassandra Kelly Tech Entrepreneur, Board Director, Adviser & Speaker 2017 Top 10 Chair in Australia 2015 US Director to Watch


  • "Put simply, Paul is the reason I have a boardroom career. He helped me understand my unique value and gave me the courage to seek (and achieve) my first non-executive board role at the age of 29. Without Future Directors, I would have had no idea where to start. As a media professional, I wasn't sure I "fit the mould" or had anything to offer. But Paul helped me see the opposite was true and now I'm deputy chair of a major not-for profit. With this book, a board career might not be as far out of reach as you think." - Hannah Stenning Media Professional and Non-Executive Chair, Delta Society


  • "It should concern all shareholders and stakeholders that the pool of director talent is relatively small, reinforcing the status quo and the unconscious biases of what a boardroom should look like. If we are to expect increased impact and returns from society's organizations, then we must also increase the size and diversity of the director talent pool to drive such change. As an educator, mentor and thought leader, Paul Smith has not only built an impressive track record of developing and placing young and diverse people on boards, he is seeking to solve this problem. My experience with the Future Directors Institute is that an abundance of talent and diversity exists outside the existing director pool, comparing favorably to the thousands of directors I have worked with over my career in the governance of public and private organizations. Many people could be fantastic directors but are not aware of the opportunity to contribute and how to pursue such a career. Right Seat, Right Table is a catalyst to inspire change." - Aaron Bertinetti Senior Vice President, Glass Lewis


  • "Paul is an exceedingly passionate advocate for diversity on boards and leadership teams. His passion stems from the belief that a lack of diversity stifles creative innovation, new world problems are not usually solved by old world solutions. Through establishing Future Directors, Paul's taking a practical approach to changing the status quo, by giving people from a range of diverse age groups and professional backgrounds a roadmap to identifying their board career goals and how to achieve them. This book is a great first step to planning that journey and kick-starting a board career." - Gaya Byrne Non-Executive Director, The Royal Women's Hospital Foundation

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07RJTS6J3
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Future Directors Institute; 1st edition (1 May 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3353 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 146 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0473464543
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Paul Smith has been described as one of the leading global thinkers on the future of boards and corporate governance. He has spoken around the world on the themes of generational diversity, director performance, and the future of the boardroom, from technology to inclusion. His business, the Future Directors Institute, is on a mission to help bring innovative thinking and the inclusion of more diverse voices to all boardrooms by democratizing board governance education.

Paul is an award-winning author (for Right Seat Right Table) and an international bestseller (for Leading through the Pandemic). He has served on multiple boards, currently as Vice-Chair of the Jane Goodall Institute Global, an international NGO dedicated to expanding the legacy of iconic conservationist and UN Messenger of Peace, Dr Jane Goodall.

Paul is a sought after non-executive director and board effectiveness coach, and podcast host - interviewing a who's who of board directors and governance geeks. He also created the virtual summit Decision84, which asks the big questions about the future and the role of boards in shaping it. 

You can connect and follow Paul on LinkedIn via this link: https://www.linkedin.com/in/futurepaulsmith/

You can learn more about Future Directors here: https://www.futuredirectors.com/

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