The lack of experience holding board-keen people back is a real challenge. Advising inexperienced board-keen people to try and become charity board directors is not the answer.
When evaluating job offers, think of the role, the degrees of freedom, the culture. But real wealth will come if you know how to deliver real, positive and sustainable impact with all of these.
Celebrity suicides foster chatter but in my mind, with an awareness of suicide contagion, there is concern as I look around at my own friends and colleagues. Which among my own set is about to act similarly? Do I know how to read the signs? How would I help someone with suicide ideation?
Ask a candidate why you should not hire them, and you get a lot more insight into their characters than all the preceding questions have given you.
To drive meaningful change, it is essential that leaders have broad awareness and be willing to admit that the status quo does not work. If a leader cannot bring him/herself to admit to being aware of the the very obvious visible to all around us, should they really be leading anything?
Classroom lectures in management schools can not equip managers to deal with the contact sport of managing and developing people. These learnings from my experience may resonate.
If you want to remove hiring bias, don't turn to AI; take a leaf from the British civil service's book and use first-principles thinking to fix the process.
Most hiring is happenstance; wrong hiring decisions are not irreversible; talent cannot thrive in unsuitable work conditions; one and done is no way to build an inclusive organisation: these are some of the lessons I have learnt through my career.
The theme "be prepared" recurs in so many areas in life, I keep expecting to see it in action. And every once in a while there are some stellar examples of preparation winning the day even if at great cost to the other side that believes in "winging it".
Don't just fire that "toxic" employee. Stop, reflect, examine the role your leadership and your organisation played in fostering that toxicity. Then fix it.