January 2013 board meeting

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At the start of the year, a board does what any business, or individual for that matter, does. You look backwards and look at what you have achieved and then you look forward to see what you will be aiming for this year.

With this being Alan, Steve, Monica and Sarahs second board meeting, having had time with the executive at Ibis House understanding the APMs whys and wherefores, this board meeting was a good time to have a quick look at 2012. Weve achieved a lot, we: defined and created more detail around Strategy 2020; launched the Higher Apprenticeship Scheme; had a successful conference and held a spectacular awards dinner. In striving towards a world where all projects succeed, the Olympics was a solid milestone that the United Kingdom should be proud of the Learning Legacy with the APM has started already, with some very successful events being held around the country.

Looking forward the APM Board has to approve the direction that APM is looking to go this year all roads look to realise the vision of a world in which all projects succeed. It is up to the executive to provide the structure and detail behind the strategy, which they are progressing well with. The boards responsibility is to ask probing questions and ensure that a robust process has been followed.

We also have to separate short term and long term, whilst ensuring that they will still make a compatible pair at the end that can get us to our destination. This is where it is interesting to see the range of backgrounds that the board supplies and the different questions that they ask. I am always interested to see who asks which questions and look at how their previous experiences form their current lines of enquiry. Then I realise, this is why a good team is formed not of people like you, but one that generates constructive discussion and one where the whole is greater than its parts.

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Posted by Fernande van Schelle on 24th Jan 2013

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