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Blog : BOARD TALK

Too Long For A 'Slow Burn' on #Women & #Business

Posted on March 17, 2013 at 6:10 PM

I watch with interest as the UK government's focus shifts to the many, many, underlying issues around the lack of 'women on boards' of UK plc.


On the whole, it's a good thing : complex problems demand complex and multi-faceted solutions.


But it is also becoming very apparent that this is a 'slow burn' which means, I'm afraid, that this is all very welcome, but maybe what we need is more immediacy of political will.


Because we don't have t...

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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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Insead Launches Corporate Directors Programme

Posted on May 20, 2011 at 3:15 PM

INSEAD, the business school, is launching a programme on 6 July for both current and prospective international corporate directors.


‘Today’s corporate boards have to contend with a host of new pressures, challenges and risks, which have been well described in the recently issued EU Green Paper on Corporate Governance’ said Professor Ludo Van der Heyden, the programme's co-director and professor in corporate governance and strategy.


"Held...

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A vicious circle ?

Posted on February 14, 2011 at 2:15 PM


In the latest coverage of possibly setting 'targets' for women on boards, the FT says "even a voluntary across-the-board target will annoy business organisations." The CBI's argument it says is that companies should set their own targets and be measured against them - "so, for example, a media company with many female staff could set a higher one than an engineering company wit...

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