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Executive Leadership Series - Good Governance

Governance has always been a critical factor for steering any organisation successfully. But it is often badly understood. “Good Governance”, is the pursuit and fulfilment of purpose in an ethical, effective, and responsible manner in line with stakeholder expectations. This short-course is aligned with the latest thinking in ISO37000:2021 “Governance of Organisations” and explains the approach in non-technical language. 

Based on “Doing it Right”, we start with strategy and value generation, then leadership, engagement and social responsibility. Delivery of value is based on accountability, oversight and dealing with risk. Then finally, the creation of the governance outcomes of performance, ethical behaviour and stewardship

Endorsed training courses

All these courses have been endorsed by the Good Governance Academy. They are available online and are globally applicable (not country specific). Some courses can be tailored for private audiences. Courses are available for purchase using the links provided.


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ISO 37000 Foundation Certification

The International Standard, ISO 37000, provides guidance for the governance of organizations (also known as “corporate governance”) and a common language for all sizes and types of organizations across jurisdictions. This internationally accredited course provides a foundational understanding of the ISO 37000 standard. The course was created by experts involved in the standard’s development. 

ISO 37000:2021, Governance of organizations — Guidance. Geneva, Switzerland : ISO.

The Healthy Company

The Healthy Company is a handbook for directors and executives – and those on their way to getting there. Leading a company today means managing the uses of its resources and relationships and how it deals with the resulting effects over time as these effects will come back to impact the company, negatively or positively, in the future. Leigh Roberts, co-author of the 2021 publication, presents an overview of the key messages in the book, providing background context and further in-depth insights.

Prepare for Board Service

Deloitte Africa’s Governance Academy prepares participants for Board service. It helps to position participants effectively for Board placements; Introduces a cadre of previous/sitting Board members and/or Deloitte Alumni who act as mentors to the Participants; and Provides insights for developing a clear and compelling Board Value Proposition.

Topics covered include: Legal consideration for joining a Board; A focus on Ethics and Ethical Leadership; Leadership dynamics and the role of the Board in strategic oversight; Finding the right fit: Insights into Board recruitment; and Sustainability and the role of the Board.

Improve Quality in Governance

The Centre for Quality in Governance (CQG) improves quality in governance across both public and private organisations. The CQG provides both e-learning and face-to-face bespoke training and development presented by its expert faculty and supported by an international advisory group. The programme is supported by a maturity matrix app, and is designed for diverse organisational teams/boards, senior managers, regulators and auditors as well as those clinicians and managers aspiring to become senior effective leaders. The focus on principles rather than structures, allows the programme to be fit for purpose for all territories and business sectors.

Digital Transformation

Executive Leadership Series

This course is helps executives foster adaptability through agility and continual readjustment. It underscores the proactive role of monitoring and reporting on expected benefits. Crucial to the success of any transformation initiative, is the adept handling of human resources and financial considerations, which this course delves into extensively. The course provides strategies for:

  • Optimizing people productivity,
  • Maximizing investment returns, and
  • Enhancing operational and financial performance

Governance and Board Protocols

This course is comprised of 5 Masterclass sessions which are available globally via Zoom. The course has a maximum of 10 attendees per cohort so as to ensure even interaction and learning contribution by all involved. In between each calendar session readings are assigned which take approximately 2 hours to complete. Successful participants are issued with a Good Governance Academy Certificate of Completion as well as a Certificate from the training provider – Build Your Board.

21st Century Director Mentor

This course is comprised of 5 Masterclass sessions which are available globally via Zoom. The course has a maximum of 10 attendees per cohort so as to ensure even interaction and learning contribution by all involved. In between each calendar session readings are assigned which take approximately 2 hours to complete. Successful participants are issued with a Good Governance Academy Certificate of Completion as well as a Certificate from the training provider – Build Your Board.

Corporate Governance and the Law

This course is unique as it provides the legal position, linking it to various soft law initiatives to ensure that the law is adhered to.  During the training, various corporate governance topics are dealt with, from a legal perspective and within a regulatory environment, based on hard law as well as soft law approaches. Training  can be tailored for various audiences including senior management, middle management, company secretaries, compliance officers and legal advisors

The Integrated Report

Integrated reporting provides to stakeholders information about the organization’s value creation over time and related communications regarding aspects of the organization’s value creation. preservation and erosion. This course is aimed at directors, trustees and all other types of governing body members, executives, corporate report preparers, integrated reporting teams as well as risk, compliance, audit and oter associated assurance providers.

ESG Competent Boards

A professional development opportunity for board members, executives, investors, and their advisors to identify and act upon the most material environmental, social, and governance (ESG) aspects of their businesses. Learn with an international network of peers discussing real cases and dilemmas. Receive insight from over 100 globally renowned leaders, recommended readings, tools, emerging best practices, case studies, and questions that will help you create value, resiliency, and enhance good governance that reflects the latest in public discussion.

Climate Competent Boards

A unique professional development opportunity for board members, management executives, and their advisors to identify and act upon the most material climate risks and successfully transition businesses models for maximum benefit. Learn with an international network of peers discussing real cases and dilemmas. Receive insight from dozens of globally renowned leaders, recommended readings, tools, emerging best practices, case studies, and questions that
will help you create value, resiliency, and enhance good
governance that reflects the latest in public discussion.

Characteristics of High Performing Boards

The pandemic, technology, greater focus on ESG, the rise of Nextgen boards and a range of social and other forces are changing Board practice and behavior in a number of ways. The Good Governance Academy has secured Patrick for a limited number of sessions for individual boards to explore how these themes might affect their Boards and organizations.

Behind closed doors: The Boardroom

This course is led by Simon Laffin, a board veteran of over 30 years, with real life knowledge of all boardroom situations. It is aimed at serving new executive and non-executive directors, aspiring directors and those who want to understand more about how boards work. Simon is independent, and not part of any corporate machine, so he tells how things really are. His course builds on his book, providing additional content, and enabling participants to have exchanges of views, experiences and information with peers and Simon himself.

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Johannesburg, 2193, South Africa

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