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The Official Consultancy Specialists

Who we are

Better Boards offers you a unique combination of research, practical, hands-on experience and cutting-edge know-how, enabling you to get the very best from your governing boards, Executive Committees and their leadership teams.

What makes us different?

  • We are independent.
  • Our approach is evidence-based i.e. grounded in research, peer-reviewed and published in the US, the UK and across Europe.
  • Our programmes are an integral part of the value creation process.
  • We provide executives and non-executives with a unique, supportive development opportunity.
  • We focus on concrete action planning and supporting non-executives and executives to understand the results.
  • Our processes and the access to an online tool allow a speedy execution and delivery.

What is in it for you?

The distinctive Better Boards approach provides benefits for individual members of the board/Executive Committee, the organisation, and investors.

Benefits for individual participants

Better Boards gives individuals insights into their performance on the board/Executive Committee and help them to become more impactful:

  • You understand what you can do to become more impactful in the boardroom/Executive Committee.
  • You will strengthen your position on the board and within the organisation, by both understanding how others see you in your role and by being pointed to the levers that matter.
  • You will learn how to align your perception about yourself with the perception of others.
  • You will gain a better understanding of your strengths and weaknesses and how these relate to your work on the board and in leadership committees.
  • You will learn how to accelerate your personal development at the top of an organisation in a goal-oriented manner.

Benefits for the Organisation

Organisations also enjoy a myriad of benefits by working with us because Better Boards:

  • Provides better understanding of the levers executive, governing and supervisory boards and their leadership teams can pull to become more effective.
  • Shows whether boards/leadership committees have the right combination of talents, expertise, and personalities, what characteristics any new members should bring to the table.
  • Displays the strengths of boards and leadership committees.
  • Establishes a feedback culture within the leadership committees, based on which leadership committees and their members can work together constructively, develop continuously and create superior value.
  • Helps to establish more effective work processes at top decision-making levels within organisations.
  • Reduces the risk of losing top-talent and expertise undermining value creation.
  • Reduces dependence on external consultants, because stronger boards and committees can resolve their own issues.

Benefits for Private Equity Investors

The Better Boards partners have a wide range of experience in the private equity sector and benefited from working closely with Operating Partners of leading private equity firms.

By working with Better Boards, private equity companies:

  • Set themselves apart from their competitors and fill claims of being true partners of management of their portfolio companies with life.
  • Improve their position vis-à-vis their investors (Limited Partners).
  • Strengthen their position for the next fundraising event.
  • Reduce risk.
  • Can pay back loans acquired for transactions faster due to faster yield generation.

Better Boards offers specialised training for investment managers. The training units provide the necessary expertise required for managing executive boards and management teams more effectively, improving performance and implementing the value creation plan quickly, sustainably and seamlessly.

Your Better Boards Partners

The partners at Better Boards understand how organisations work from the top down. They know how to get the very best out of boards, senior management, and their leadership teams and increase the value of any organisation.

Dr. Sabine Dembkowski

Sabine Dembkowski

Dr. Sabine Dembkowski is a trusted board advisor. She works for and with listed companies (FTSE 100, FTSE250, FTSE350, DAX, MDAX), global organisations, Private Equity and leading Professional Service firms and the German Mittelstand.

Sabine and her Better Boards team have conducted extensive research into what makes boards more effective. Better Boards is credited for having identified the seven hallmarks of effective boards and for having developed a practical and innovative solution for taking board audits and development to the next level. The results of her board effectiveness research are peer-reviewed and published in the US, the UK and across Europe.

After studying business management in Cologne and completing a Ph.D. in Bristol (UK), Sabine worked as a management consultant in various leadership positions for A.T. Kearney and Monitor Company in London.

Driven by a passion to get down to the nuts and bolts and create real, long-lasting change in organisations, she combined her experience as a strategy consultant with the latest insights into human performance, psychology, management, and neuroscience and set up two successful businesses: The Coaching Centre and Better Boards.

Her articles appeared in publications such as Harvard Business Manager, The Corporate Board, Real Deal, Accountancy Futures, The International Journal of Mentoring & Coaching, and Business Coaching Worldwide. In addition to her research into board effectiveness, she published articles about leadership and executive coaching. Sabine has also co-authored various handbooks and standard reference works relating to these topics.

Sabine has been trained as an executive coach in the USA, the UK, and Germany. She is certified to carry out a wide range of psychometric tests and a member of the Executive Coach Team at the London Business School and European Corporate Governance Institute. Sabine lives in London.

Advisory Board

The advisors of Better Boards are nationally and internationally recognised experts in their respective fields. They help us to improve the services we offer and ensure that these are tailor-made to the ever-changing needs of our clients.

Professor Dr. Colin Coulson-Thomas

Colin Coulon-Thomas

Professor Dr. Colin Coulson-Thomas is a professor of Human Resources and Organisational Behaviour and one of the leading executive consultants in the UK. He is a respected authority on the development of executive boards and advises leading personalities in British industry.

Professor Coulson-Thomas has been a CEO in businesses that have set new standards in their industries. He has worked with multiple supervisory boards and advisory committees in the public and private sectors. He has helped numerous companies to improve the effectiveness of their boards and senior management and boost business performance. He is a regular speaker at corporate events and international conferences.

Professor Coulson-Thomas leads the highly regarded Winning Business Research Programme in the UK. He has used this programme to research decision-making and governance processes and practices in over one hundred companies. He has overseen various change management and transformation projects. He has been conducting studies on topics relating to management boards and management approaches and practices for over four decades. The findings of his research and his work with companies and executive boards are published in an impressive portfolio of books, reports and articles.

Professor Coulson-Thomas studied at the London School of Economics (Trevennon Exhibitioner), the London Business School, and the EAESP – Fundacao Getulio Vargas (a fellowship programme supported by the Brazilian government). He also studied at the Universities of Aston, Chicago (Deans List) and Southern California (Graduate School Distinction).

Professor Dr. Oliver Gottschalg

Oliver Gottschalg

Professor Dr. Oliver Gottschalg is a member of the HEC School of Management, Paris (France). He is an academic dean for the TRIUM Global Executive MBA Programme, leads the HEC Private Equity Observatory. He also gives lectures on private equity, management buyouts, business strategies, and entrepreneurship.

After completing his degree in industrial engineering at the University of Karlsruhe and an MBA at Georgia State University, Professor Gottschalg completed a Master of Science and a doctorate at INSEAD.

Professor Gottschalg’s current research focuses on strategic logic and the factors affecting the success of private equity investments. His research findings are published in leading professional journals and other publications. His expertise is often cited in European economic media channels.

Professor Gottschalg’s book on “Private Equity Mathematics” is one of the best-selling books from Private Equity International Media.

Professor Gottschalg is a regular speaker at academic conferences and private equity symposia. He provides consultancy services to leading private equity investors. He has also advised political decision-makers in Germany and other European countries on issues relating to the regulation of the private equity industry. His company PERACS is the leading provider of standardised, independent PE track record analysis and validation services. Currently, PERACS advises approximately 20% of private equity fund managers worldwide on their fundraising activities.

For Boards and Executive Committees that want to achieve more...

We apply our research-based insights of the ‘Seven Hallmarks’ of effective boards which proved to generate measurable business results, are peer-reviewed and published in the US, the UK and across Europe.

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