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Board and CEO Succession: How Bias Can Hurt or Help (Self-Paced)

Optimize succession by taking bias out of the equation!

Even the world’s best governance structure isn’t enough if you don’t have the right people, competence, and character in your boardroom or C-Suite. But identifying the best people for the job can be surprisingly challenging, because we’re often blind to how our unconscious biases impact our decision-making.

This course is designed to help you optimize board and CEO succession by recognizing and overcoming the biases that could make you overlook top talent.

 You’ll learn:

  • How cognitive bias impacts boards renewal choices – in both negative and positive ways
  • How to address gender bias to improve problem-solving and increase profits
  • How to remove racial bias in the boardroom and reduce harm to your organization and people
  • How to build the optimal board in an unbiased way
  • How to plan unbiased leadership and CEO succession at all 3 levels of succession.

Each module/video was designed to be highly engaging and educational, with the tools you need to build a more effective, unbiased succession plan.

Video 1: The Top 7 Cognitive Biases Impacting Boardroom Decision-Making.
You’ll learn how to watch for the conscious and unconscious biases that could be sabotaging your board’s decisions.

Video 2: Recognizing Existing Bias In Your Boardroom
Some biases can actually work in your favour! You’ll learn how to distinguish between negative and valuable biases, plus 3 steps every board must take to eliminate harmful boardroom biases.

Video 3: Removing Gender Bias In Your Boardroom
Gender diversity instantly doubles your talent pool and leads to a wide variety of improved outcomes, from increased profitability to better problem solving and more.

Video 4: Removing Racial Bias In Your Boardroom
Leaders are often unaware of how systemic biases are actively harming their organization and people.
In this session, you’ll learn how eliminating racial bias can build employee confidence and lead to superior returns.

Video 5: Board Succession And The Optimal Board
Every board member matters and this session will help ensure you always get the best person for the job.
You’ll learn how to remove bias and ensure diversity and competence in renewal and recruitment.

Video 6: CEO Succession
Research shows 1 in 3 CEO successions fail.
You’ll learn how to improve your odds with a comprehensive, unbiased plan for all three levels of CEO succession.


60 min per video
Continuing Education Credits: 6 hours 


Available Resources:

By joining this course, you will have access to curated materials from Governance Solutions.

- Driving Innovation: The Boardroom Gap
- Boardroom Bias Exercise
- Diversity Toolkit
- Women on Boards
- At The Table but Can't Break the Glass Ceiling
- Recognizing and Addressing Racism: An Open Letter to the Leadership of Canadian Charities and Non-for-Profits
- Hiring a Black leader: Learn from my experience and treat it like it matters
- Board Profiling Template
- CEO Succession Policy
- Boardroom Bias Assessment

Note: This is a recorded session originally delivered to a live audience, replays may contain occasional interactions.