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Take The Time To Give Us Better Strategic Information For The Boardroom, Say Directors

Posted on April 26, 2017 at 3:30 PM

Any good journalist knows that less is more, when it comes to using words to good effect. It is a lot harder to say something meaningful in 800 words than in 2000 - and a lot more effective as well.


So why does UK plc send its directors into the boardroom groaning under the weight of the number of words they are expected to read and digest, never mind the archaic practice of using bundles of paper ?


This blog reported on

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On High Heels And Corporate Professionalism

Posted on January 27, 2017 at 11:40 AM

Yes, if you put 'high heels' in a headline in 2017, you are likely to draw more hits than if you put in 'inequality.' Call it the times we live in.


This post three days ago by me on Forbes High Heels And Workplace Dress Codes: Urgent Action Needed, Say UK MPs  has had - well, you can just about s...

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Boardroom Change? Unlikely While Brexit Dominates

Posted on December 12, 2016 at 7:25 PM

Will it be a Happy 2017 for UK boardrooms? 


Today we have a deeply pessimistic take on UK economic prospects, as 72% of FTSE 350 companies in a survey expect economic conditions to deteriorate in the next 12 months. The bi-annual FT-ICSA Boardroom Bellwether survey finds confidence at its lowest since the surveys began in 2012.


A slightly puzzling statistic: 59% rate Brexit as 'poten...

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CBI Spells It Out On The Power Of Inclusion

Posted on October 18, 2016 at 5:20 PM

The UK's Confederation of British Industry (CBI) is essentially a lobbying group for business. It sees itself as "the UK's premier business organisation" whose purpose is "helping business create a more prosperous society."


So, when it suggests "Businesses should consider using name-blind recruitment and extending competency based assessment to challenge unconscious bias" you might think that's a good idea - but hey...

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Business Urged To Adopt A Human Face: Focus On Mental Health

Posted on October 10, 2016 at 12:00 AM

Kudos to the UK's Institute of Directors for highlighting a very important issue in business - mental health.


Industry sectors vary on how seriously they take this issue,depending on many factors. But it is undeniable, I think, that financial sevices has been on Red Alert for many years. And then there's Brexit.


A new survey of IoD members - which amounts to more than 800 business leaders - reveals tha...

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Guest Blog: More Empathy Needed In Capital Markets

Posted on July 7, 2016 at 3:05 PM

GUEST BLOG:

  Jeroen Wilbrink, Senior Client Advisor at NN Investment Partners


 

 

"We do many things differently in the Netherlands. I notice these differences, because I have lived most of my adult-life abroad. One example, is that the Dutch share a lot of the news with their ch...

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The Red Queen's Race? UK Sets Up A Business Engagement Group

Posted on June 30, 2016 at 4:30 PM

 

 "Well, in our country," said Alice, still panting a little, "you'd generally get to somewhere else—if you run very fast for a long time, as we've been doing."

"A slow sort of country!" said the Queen. "Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!"

-Lewis Car...

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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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Social Media: Valuable Lessons For Business On Building Trust

Posted on October 2, 2015 at 12:50 PM

Social media and the sharing economy are two areas that organisations must embrace and learn from if they are to establish and maintain trust with their people, their customers and society.


Ian Powell, PwC’s Chairman and Senior Partner, speaking to an audience of over 300 business leaders, regulators, senior civil servants and professional bodies at the 2015 Building Public Trust Awards last night in London, made it clear that businesses ignore social media at their pe...

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A Mattress Tale: The Need For Innovation In Retail

Posted on September 27, 2015 at 1:10 PM

Non-executive directors can play a useful role in the delivery of insight from 'site visits' to the business. In my interviews with a variety of them in the past, it is a subject that has recurred again and again. It's also a reason why diversity is so important.

 

A minor example: a woman appointed to her first non-exec director position for a listed company building homes was being shown a site. As soon as she saw the kitchen layout of a new planned home, she knew the sink ...

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