Who We Are and What We Do

The Alternative Board supports business owners to take their business to the next level through;

But how do we differ from a traditional business coach or consultant?  They may concentrate on improving your sales, sorting out your HR or helping you with your finances but that’s where it often ends.  At The Alternative Board, we’ll look at these too but we’ll start with you, the business owner, as a person.  And we’ll be alongside you for the long term!  Through thick and thin, summer and winter.

And it works!  Typically, our members stay with us for many years.

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Members of TAB Finding Real Value


70.4% said "The Alternative Board adds real value to my business"


Is Your Business Making More Profit?


Have You Improved your ability to address personnel issues?


Is Your Business Earning More Sales Revenue?


The Alternative Board is a global organisation founded in 1990 by Allen Fishman.  Allen realised that over the course of his career his non-executive directors had been invaluable to him and he wanted to make that kind of experience accessible to all business owners.

He also recognised the value that peer advice and coaching from experienced business owners could bring to individuals who were serious about achieving greater personal and business success.

Allen knew from his own experience that when his personal and business lives were balanced, it made him happier and more successful in his role as an entrepreneur.

The Alternative Board started as one business owner advisory board and grew from there. We now operate boards in over 20 countries around the world and continue to expand. We have helped over 25,000 business owners to improve their businesses and their lives. In New Zealand, The Alternative Board began in 2012 and now has a national presence assisting over 250 Kiwi business owners.

How The Alternative Board Works

The Alternative Board’s Vision

To be the leading international provider of peer advisory and coaching solutions to leaders of privately held businesses. Based on real-world experience, we will encourage and empower our members to achieve their business and personal vision.

The Alternative Board’s Culture

At The Alternative Board we support and celebrate our community member’s personal and business vision, journey, and achievement through measured accountability, collective wisdom, continuous learning, innovation and leveraging global best practices and tools. Our culture is not just a set of keywords on a wall. It is the secret to The Alternative Board’s success, and one of the reasons our members stay with us for many years. We are a HIGH CALIBRE organisation made up of the HIGHEST CALIBRE people

We are a global community, willing to both give and receive to improve our business and the people within it.

We are accountable for our results in all areas of our work and lives.

We believe lifelong learning improves our knowledge, perspective and self- awareness.

We are agents of change and embrace innovation, fresh ideas and approaches.

We are passionate about TAB and the impact it has on businesses, communities and lives.

We continuously strive to provide excellence in everything we do.

We always interact with others in a respectful and professional manner.

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