Programs

Our board education portfolio

We have created a unique combination of board education programs, board boosters and board retreats to help you lift your board's performance. Our governance research is not abstract or rules based.

Each program is founded on cutting-edge research and the extensive experience of IMD Faculty, and inspired by the board practices of leading organizations in Asia, Europe, the Americas and the Middle East.

With a heavy emphasis on experiential and discussion-based learning, they also draw on the diverse perspectives of guest speakers and participants - your peers from around the world. Our open enrollment programs also offer numerous opportunities for high-level networking.

High Performance Boards

How board directors make a real difference

The High Performance Boards Program (HPB) is the Board Program at IMD. It is exclusively for executive and non-executive board members, chairpersons and board nominees. The program themes are constantly updated. The duration of this top management program is 3 days over 4 days with three different networking dinners organized.

Program themes include:

  • The Four Pillars of Effective Boards
  • Best Practices and Behaviors from Top Boards
  • Best Risk Practices for Boards
  • Boards and Strategy
  • Board Dynamics and Board/CEO Dynamics
  • Making Board Processes Meaningful
  • Refining the Role of the Chairman
  • Boards in Crisis

As partcipants come from diverse international companies and a broad range of industries, we have parallel sessions fully devoted to some specific issues (Family Business, Managing Stakeholders NGO, Board Dynamics and Psychology, Social Issues & Stakeholders in the Middle East & Africa, Governance Regulation Going Forward) or some geographical areas (Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Asia...etc).

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The Leading Director's Education Program Since 1977!

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Our experience

HPB 2: Oct 6 - Oct 9, 2014

From October 6th to 9th, 2014 the IMD Global Board Center hosted the IMD flagship board program exclusively designed for global supervisory board members, chairmen and CEOs... read more (PDF)

HPB 1: May 12 - May 15, 2014

From May 12th to 15th, 2014 the IMD Global Board Center hosted the IMD flagship board program exclusively designed for global supervisory board members, chairmen and CEOs... read more (PDF)

HPB 2: Oct 7 - Oct 10, 2013

From October 7th to 10th, 2013 the IMD Global Board Center hosted the IMD flagship board program exclusively designed for global supervisory board members, chairmen and CEOs... read more (PDF)

HPB 1: May 13 - May 16, 2013

From May 13th to 16th, 2013 the IMD Global Board Center hosted the IMD flagship board program exclusively designed for global supervisory board members, chairmen and CEOs... read more (PDF)

HPB 2: Oct 8 - Oct 11, 2012

From October 8th to 11th, 2012 the IMD Global Board Center hosted the IMD flagship board program exclusively designed for global supervisory board members, chairmen and CEOs... read more (PDF)

HPB 1: May 21 - May 24, 2012

From May 21st to 24th, the IMD Global Board Center hosted the IMD flagship board program with 35 Board members, Chairpersons and CEOs from across the world... read more (PDF)

HPB 2: Oct 18 - Oct 21, 2011

From October 18th to 21st, the IMD Global Board Center hosted the IMD flagship board program with 35 Board members, Chairpersons and CEOs from across the world... read more (PDF)

Board Boosters

35 years of board education experience with the most prominent boards

Our board booster programs are designed to meet the specific learning and development needs of your board and they are run exclusively with your board members. We work with you to define the overarching topics and dimensions to be addressed, then create custom sessions tailored to your board's issues, situation and context. After the program each participant receives a personalized roadmap for their own work, as well as a guide for setting up new practices for the board as a whole in light of the program discussions.

Board education with impact

Pre-program phase details:

This will combine a short informal survey with interviews that will make it possible to set program expectations and start establishing individual views of the different dimensions addressed in the topics.

Example of main topics that may be covered during program delivery

(Each topic requires a two-day program to achieve sufficient depth at this level)

  • Board Effectiveness Review: The 4 Pillars

    (People quality, information, processes & dynamics)
  • Risks Overview & Analysis: Risk Thinking at the Top

    (Risk awareness and risk supervision)
  • Board Dynamics & Psychology

  • Board Culture Challenges: Establishing a Winning Board Culture

  • Board Composition and Evaluation

  • Crises on Boards & Other Issues

    (succession, legal liability, government relations, public communication)
  • Board Engagement with Stakeholders

  • Boards & Strategy:

    The co-creation, supervisory role & support role of the board in strategy
  • Roles of the Board, the Chairman and the Board Committees

    The co-creation, supervisory role & support role of the board in strategy
  • Benchmarking Board Logistics and Practises

    1. 1. Best practises
    2. 2. Meetings process
    3. 3. Materials organization
    4. 4. Time management
    5. 5. The strategic agenda of the board

Post-program phase details:

The program follow-up will be individualized and provide roadmaps for each individual's work as well as set up new practices for the overall board as per program discussions.

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Contact the IMD Global Board Center boardcenter@imd.org

Board Boosters

Customized Programs to Drive your Board's Performance to the Next Level

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Board Retreats

Meet & share experience with today's top leaders

In these turbulent times, boards are not only becoming more visible but are also increasingly considered as being more responsible. But how can board members guide and support responsible business practices?

Board retreats are an opportunity to meet with people from around the world and exchange views on a specific governance topic. You will draw on the diverse perspectives of IMD Faculty, guest speakers and participants to advance your thinking and help you move to specific actions and boost your board's performance.

Why you should attend

These 2-day workshops dedicated to a first class worldwide networking, experience sharing and best practices learning will use the diverse perspectives of today's top leaders and top-class faculties to explore the tangible challenges and opportunities associated with specific governance issues in the current environment. You will quickly focus on advancing your current thinking and move to specific actions that can be taken or considered by your board or yourself.

The IMD board retreats are held in different locations around the world.

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IMD Global Board Center

Helping boards be their best

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Our Experience

The Board's Responsibility in Turbulent Times: Challenges & Opportunities

On May 19th and 20th 2012, the IMD Global Board Center hosted a Board Retreat. The participants had the opportunity to meet with peers and discuss the latest... read more

Board-Readiness Coaching

Are you qualified and prepared to serve as a board director?

Board-Readiness Coaching is a customized individual offer for senior executives and board members who wish to strengthen specific board competencies, such as corporate strategy, governance, finance and corporate affairs:

  • Get the skills required to achieve board positions
  • Become a more competent and confident member of a board
  • Get ready for IMD's High Performance Boards program (www.imd.org/hpb)

As this is a customized offer, the duration will be tailored to your wishes. We do however recommend to plan this learning experience over the course of a year, to give yourself a real chance to develop solid board competencies.

Fee
CHF 30,000 to 50,000 (price range due to customized offer)

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Contact the IMD Global Board Center boardcenter@imd.org

IMD Board-Readiness Coaching

Are you qualified and prepared to serve as a board director?

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