If you’ve listened to all the episodes thus far, you should have a good understanding of what governance is and what the board is meant to do. In this episode, I start to get more practical. That is, how does the board fulfill its strategic and conformance functions. I focus this episode around board meetings as that is, predominantly, where the board makes its decisions. But effective board meetings are not just about what happens from when the meeting is opened and when the meeting ends. Important work is done both before and after any board meeting. If you’re an experienced director or new to governance, this episode should leave you with something new to help improve your board.

Any questions or comments? Get in touch at [email protected] or Twitter @GeoffSchoenberg 

This project, “A Collaborative Approach to Sustainable Sport Governance Transformation in India”, received grant funding from the Australia-India Council of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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December 27th, 2009

Christmas Away from Home

One challenge of studying and living abroad comes during the time around the holidays. This is the second time I have spent Christmas away from home. The first time was Christmas 2007 when I was doing the backpacker thing. Asides from being in Australia, the two experiences have been incredibly different.

December 21st, 2009

What Have I Been Doing?

So, as I come up on three months of being in Australia and a little over two months of active […]

December 18th, 2009

Stories from the week….

Maybe you’ve noticed, maybe you haven’t, but I’ve been trying to “tweet” (@GeoffSchoenberg) an interesting story at 3pm every day. If you have, then this post will not interest you much…

If you haven’t, then here is a recap of the posts from the last week…

December 13th, 2009


Today I had one of those moments that helped remind my that I made the right decision to come to […]

December 10th, 2009

At the start…

Beginning a thesis is a trying task, especially when you have little to no research background. Sure, I wrote a […]

December 4th, 2009

SAFA Dependant Scholarship

Thank you to the SAIT Academic Faculty Association (SAFA) for awarding me the SAFA Dependant Scholarship. I am honoured to […]

December 3rd, 2009

Special Congratulations

While great work is found regularly throughout the members of SMAANZ, there were two people who earned well deserved additional […]

December 3rd, 2009

My SMAANZ Personal Experience

SMAANZ 2009 was a great personal experience for me. Certainly more questions were created, but almost always in the context of new knowledge. My already confused emotions became more extreme. I found at times I was so extremely excited about what I have started and what I can do. At other times I felt soooo lost, so new and underprepared. I certainly know more about academia than I did before, but have also realised how far I have to go.

December 2nd, 2009


The 15th Annual SMAANZ Conference was hosted by Bond University on the Gold Coast at the end of November 2009. This was my first conference as an academic and my eyes are wide open after the experience.

To begin, not enough can be said about the great effort that the conference chair and organising committee put in to make this conference a success. Everything ran smoothly and was extremely convenient. The conference accommodation was tremendous, convenient and affordable. The conference facilities were excellent, with appropriate sized rooms, great lounging areas and terrific food and drink.