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Blog : BOARD TALK

Put A Millennial Worker In Every Boardroom

Posted on January 4, 2017 at 12:20 PM

UK business has shown a strong tendency until very recently to protect its boardrooms from change. This is odd, because by its own admission, businesses are needing to change very fast to keep up with a rapidly changing world.


In 2016, it felt as if every other week the

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Digital Transformation: About Training, Not Marketing

Posted on December 15, 2016 at 10:45 AM

The reports are coming flying out, one after the other - Britain's biggest businesses risk being disrupted by the pace of technological change because their senior leaders are paying lip service to the need for digital transformation.


This one is from online learning provider

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Tech Solutions For IFRS : Posted At 35,000 Feet

Posted on September 12, 2016 at 9:25 AM

Technology can give a real boost to better corporate governance. We saw that with the tech challenge to #rethinksupplychains covered by me on Forbes earlier this year (Competing To End Labor Trafficking in Global Supply Chains: Wi...

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Being At Cutting Edge Of Technology For Best Governance

Posted on February 22, 2016 at 1:55 PM

I am confused. Isn't the point of 'corporate governance' to ensure that business is conducted in the best possible way, with benefits to all concerned, esepcially customers?


Four days ago, the BBC splashed a story saying 'HSBC is launch...

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Cyber Risk: Lots Of Fear, But Little Evidence Of Responsible Strategy

Posted on November 13, 2015 at 2:10 PM

EY's timing of its 18th Global Information Security Survey (GISS) - just out - turns out to be excellent. 


It reminds us - as the headlines every day demonstrate - that the mos...

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Citizen Ethics: The Latest Danger For Business

Posted on August 22, 2015 at 6:45 PM

I have been thinking about Ashley Madison. In case you missed it, it's the website with the following slogan: “Life is short. Have an affair”. Its business plan appears to rely - among other things - on boredom, secrecy and instant gratification. It is in the business of marketing extra marital affairs.


But this post is not about judging the business plan. The salacious nature of the early revelations of a data breach - complete with August headline...

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The Best Governance Includes Technology And Collaborative Space

Posted on June 15, 2015 at 9:50 AM

Boardrooms beware: traditional images of oak-panelled rooms with meetings behind firmly closed doors may be insidious to the very thinking behind the modern workplace.What works for a small elite at the very top just does not translate well to the needs of any ambitious organisation today.


There is, of course, a place for confidential and strategic discussion to take place. But it does not have to be physical. And for businesses to grow and remain agile they need to cre...

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Distrust Of Insurers Leaves Business Vulnerable To Cyber Crime

Posted on May 4, 2015 at 8:00 AM

This is really quite sad. 


There have been new insurance products launched to protect business from suffering losses due to cyber attacks - but the insurance industry doesn't appear to be the most trusted.


The most common reason for not purchasing a cyber insurance policy is the belief that insurers will not actually pay out on a claim, according to a survey of senior information security professionals, whose organisations are members of KPMG̵...

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Need For Technology Skills Calls For Rethinking Recruitment

Posted on February 26, 2015 at 12:40 AM

More than half of business leaders in the global financial services sector are planning to increase their headcount over the next 12 months, with asset management the most likely to be taking on new staff.


But 70% of CEOs interviewed by PwC see "the limited availablity of key skills as a threat to their growth."


PwC's report

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Cyber Attack Seen As Top Threat To Business

Posted on February 18, 2015 at 1:15 PM

Cyber attack is the top threat perceived by businesses worldwide, while supply chain disruption is rising fastest in the nightmares of those responsible for business continuity. 


The fourth annual Horizon Scan report published today by the Business Continuity Institute (BCI)  assessed 760 organisations across the world. It found that 82% of Business Continuity Managers are afraid of the possibility of a cybe...

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