Chair and CEO – when Purpose and Passion collide – Game on!


“A startling 86% of respondents agree we have a leadership crisis in the world today.”

World Economic Forum Global Agenda Outlook 2016

Brief summary


This topic fills the room at a conference. It gets interesting when the Chair and CEO are both present! 

To thrive in an organization in the 21st century Global economy requires unprecedented leadership capacity and delivery, individually and collectively.

An IBM Global Survey found the majority of CEOs expect business complexity is going to increase and more than half doubt their ability to manage it.

The aligned leadership of Board, Chair and CEO are critical components of any successful organisation. Good, passionate, purposeful Governance creates elite organisations but rests on CEO, Chair and Board performance and their ability to work together. When they are reading off the same page, organisations flourish. 

When they collide it can create organizational chaos.
This presentation will explore the chair/CEO/board dynamic and what happens when they work and what happens when they break down. And what to do about it!

Key ideas covered

  • What drives purpose and passion and why they can collide

  • Contentious governance issues and personality clashes

  • Board, Chair and CEO roles, definitions and boundaries

  • Managing and micro managing, delegation and abdication

  • High profile case studies from the international stage

  • Case studies from the consultant’s work in the last 12 months

  • Professional and personal Development to move from collision to co-operation

Key objectives - the participants will get


  • Provide strategies for participants to stabilise and maintain synergistic relationships

  • Support participants to recognise very natural and common points of conflict (especially around Strategy Formulation, Ownership, Delivery, Correction and Oversight).

  • Suggest competencies to restore shared purpose and passion.

  • Identify what are the situations and scenarios, particularly around Strategy and Oversight that can create problems when unaligned purpose and passion collide.


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Robert has an ability to understand the connection between each individual and the organisation, and how they both relate to the whole environment, in a very clear way. This facilitates the alignment of individual needs and goals with those of the organisation and helps align both with the environment in which they operate.

Phillip Jackson B.Juris,LLB,MBA, FAICD Resource Industry Lawyer Western Australian Company Director

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