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The Frozen Middle: Both Gender & Better Business

Posted on May 28, 2013 at 3:25 PM

There might be a problem with frozen middle management in business.


I say 'might' because I have done no studies, but I read (and think)  a lot - and there are some interesting things to consider. I am focusing on UK, but I know the readers of this blog are global - and it might resonate. Please share if it does.


Today there is a huge emphasis on recruitment at graduate level - and given the economic climate, plcs can take their pick. Some of the most-...

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It Isn't About #Tax It's About Trust And #Reputation

Posted on May 22, 2013 at 7:30 PM

The most interesting thing about the not-about-to-go-away row about plcs paying their corporate taxes isn't really about tax at all. It's about trust and reputation.


That became clear in the UK as we shifted through the companies in the spotlight on our front pages; Starbucks, Amazon, Google....and Apple. The first three were somehow big anonymous companies, even for the coffee aficionados out there - but Apple- well, Apple felt different.


It sudden...

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UK Plc Rates Skills Gap As Greatest Threat To Growth

Posted on April 29, 2013 at 4:00 AM

The UK's business leaders are acutely concerned about a lack of 'key skills' in their workforces that is needed for growth. They are rating this shortage as the biggest threat to their prospects and calling on the government to place priority on initiatives - such as apprenticeships - aimed at fostering specific skills.


A global PwC survey of over 1,300 CEOS released today reveals that this concern about the availability of ...

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A Whisper On Governance & Ethics That Is Getting Louder

Posted on April 16, 2013 at 8:30 AM

It was too hard to blog about an initiative with the #CommonGood last night. I came home from attending it and stared in disbelief at the images being beamed around the world from the horror of the bombings at the Boston marathon in the United States.


Is it worse when the place is familiar ? Probably, because we have memories and we make a personal connection - Wellesley College, where I started on the university path, is not far away. I spent at least as much time in Cambr...

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Better #boardrooms via better dialogue #business & society #bizsoc

Posted on March 23, 2013 at 6:50 AM

Serendipity again. So I look it up. OED: "Origin 1754: coined by Horace Walpole, suggested by Three Princes of Serendip, the tile of a fairy tale in which the heroes were always making fortunate discoveries." 


Perfect. Because this blog - started as a platform from which to express my views and gain visbility - has managed to put me on that path of discovery, where people find me, and vice-versa and we're (mostly) 'the good guys', interested in governance and rea...

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Here's A List To Emulate In Business #inclusion

Posted on March 11, 2013 at 11:45 AM

I have a certain amount of healthy journalistic disdain for the constant flow of 'lists' and rankings of 'very important people. Like the ! they are often a waste of space.


But here's one that should be emulated in UK plc : take a look at the MBA rankings,  'the 50 most influential professors of 2013.' You don't even have to read the words, the photographs capture a won...

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Women & Work In The UK : A Betrayal Of Potential

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 1:30 AM

Those who think all the talk about women on boards, women in business and women in the workplace in the UK is a lot of fuss and a lot of waffle need to pay urgent attention. Now we have statistics.


Research from PwC  reveals that women in the UK are less likely to be in work, experience lower job security and greater pay inequality than their counterparts in other developed countries.


The j...

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Technological Change Collides W/ Generational Stagnation

Posted on February 4, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Is anyone else surprised by the fact that 'risk' committees are still scarce on the ground in most European boardrooms? A report quoted here earlier on `Non Executive directors in Europe' by management consultancy Hay Group  says "the prevalence of a committee covering risk (as opposed to nomination, remcom or audit)  is much lower across Europe at 19% overall."


Well, I'm not surprised, I'm shock...

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Being 'Connected' : Employee Engagement Rules

Posted on January 23, 2013 at 6:10 PM

That last blog post seems to have provided some people with food for thought, which is always gratifying. The fact that some of the feedback is from  one related to me is even better. No brains the size of 'pickled walnuts' around here (an image for which I am grateful to the razor sharp Jonathan Guthrie talking of the effects of reality TV)


So on the lin...

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Engagement, Governance & Building Culture

Posted on December 20, 2012 at 2:20 PM

It was the Ist of July when the Libor scandal and I collided unexpectedly at a summer party in Kent, posted in this blog. A bond trader with too much champagne in him and a need to talk about Bob Diamond clicked my radar into alert. As I stayed up late into the night with a racing mind, I kept marvelling at the following - how sure he was that the Libor rate had been fiddled with endlessly in the market, how much he needed to talk about it and to what extent  he considered the rigging to...

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