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After 2 Years : Self-Aware PLCs At The Very Least #WOB

Posted on February 6, 2013 at 5:10 PM

There's something lurking in the UK in the depths of darkest February - and it isn't just the prospect of more testing weather.


The second anniversary of the launch of the review by Lord Davies on the lack of women in the boardrooms of our plcs is almost upon us. It was February 24, 2011 when the UK government first launched its initiative to try and uncover why women are so under-represented there, and to do something about it. (On February 7 that year, in anticipation, thi...

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Lessons For Aspiring Chairmen To Ponder

Posted on December 28, 2011 at 6:30 PM

Chairman succession planning is not widely discussed in most  UK plc boardrooms . Not surprising, as there are few formal mechanisms for addressing the issue. But perhaps there should be more, as the role is getting harder, requiring wider experience than is possible from a straight shift from being a CEO to Chairman.


Headhunters Spencer Stuart have done some interesting analysis. They say that at the time of writing (December) , some 42 FTSE150 companies had appointed ...

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Changing "I Work, I Provide, You Look After'

Posted on June 16, 2011 at 8:20 PM

In this blog it's beginning to feel as if I'm frequently writing things in capital letters on a blackboard. But hey - sometimes you need to do that. Simplification is essential to progress.


By 'simplification' I mean less jargon, less consultant-speak, more human examples to illustrate grand ideas, and generally more human connection - beyond business titles in plcs, all the way to the boardroom.


So I would like to recommend that everyone read a new book by...

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Mentors For Our PLC Chairmen ?

Posted on May 24, 2011 at 1:22 PM

In corporate life at the very top in the United Kingdom we still do some things very differently from our American cousins. Our approach to mentoring has been one of them, but things may be changing.


Sir Philip Hampton, chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland and one of the UK's most well-respected businessmen, tells me about a big US company that recently appointed a new chairman and revealed in its annual report that he had not one, but three mentors who worked with him reg...

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