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Predictions Rise For Hiring In Financial Services: Time To Focus Hard On Culture

Posted on January 25, 2016 at 12:05 AM

What do you think when you hear excitement on hiring in financial services ? I fear that I, for one, wonder if we have learnt anything at all from the financial crisis. Reminder: it was oficially in 2007-2008, so we are talking about recent history that is fast approaching a decade.

The latest Professional Hiring Index from recruitment firm Robert Half UK reveals that senior C-suite executives across UK companies pla...

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NAO Looks At Use of Consultants In Govt: Wider Lessons For UK PLC ?

Posted on January 12, 2016 at 7:05 PM

The UK's National Audit Office (NAO) is earning its keep when it comes to keeping a focused eye on better corporate governance in government - and UK plc could learn a thing or two as well.

According to a report just out, better scrutiny of proposals within government since 2010 has helped to reduce annual spending on consultants and temporary staff (C&TS) by £1.5 billion.

However, since 2011-1...

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Sports Direct Shenanigans Suggest The Need For A Closer Look

Posted on January 4, 2016 at 4:10 PM


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CEO Staying Power 'Can Be Predicted' : Study

Posted on December 4, 2015 at 2:55 PM

A global study of more than 118 CEOs over 25 years reveals that candidates declared 'ready' by Korn Ferry, the global leadership and talent consultancy, averaged two years and five months longer in the job than those who weren't deemed ready at time of assessment - but later became CEOs.

The average tenure of candidates the firm found to be 'ready' is more than six years. Those whom it did not recommend or who elicited ...

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1st Woman Chair For Europe's Confederation Of Directors

Posted on November 5, 2015 at 10:10 AM

It seems I keep good company. Well Done to Norway's Turid Solvang, who has been elected as the first female chair of the European Confederation of Directors Associations (ecoDa).

eCoda, which represents 55,000 business leaders across Europe has clearly decided to 'lead by example.'

Turid Elisabeth Solvang

Ms Solvang is c...

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Bank Boards: Recycling The Men At The Top (Regardless Of Expertise)

Posted on October 14, 2015 at 4:50 PM

Banking expertise among chairmen of Europe's banks "remains at a relatively low level." Shock. And we are talking largely about men.

In fact, the average number of chairmen with banking expertise was a little over half in 2014, just slightly higher than in 2007, according to a report on the governance of Europe's 25 largest banks by London-based corporate governance firm Nestor Advisors.

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Calling It Like It Is On 'All Male' Boards

Posted on September 21, 2015 at 2:30 PM

I am a little surprised at the sentiments expressed by Lord Davies of Abersoch.

The Guardian recorded his 'disappointment' yesterday at the all-male boards of Hastings, the insurance company and Worldpay, the payment processing firm- both hea...

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'New Blood' In UK Boardrooms : Women

Posted on August 3, 2015 at 1:45 PM

Good news: the proportion of first-time FTSE 350 non-executive directors (NEDs) who are women significantly increased last year, according to new findings from Korn Ferry, the leadership and talent consulting firm.



Analysing all the first-time NED  appointments to FTSE 350 companies in its 'Class of 2014' report, it finds that 39% of first-time appointees in 2014 were women, up from 28% in 201...

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Family Businesses Favour Women In Leadership Positions

Posted on June 21, 2015 at 11:25 AM

Women are more likely to take on a leadership position within a family business than any of their non-family counterparts, with 70% of family businesses considering and 30% strongly considering a woman for the CEO position, according to research.

For a report entitled Staying Power: how do family businesses create lasting success, EY and Kennesaw State University surveyed 25 of the largest family businesses in each of the 21 top global markets. Those surveyed represen...

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A 'Thumbs Down' For City Non-Executive Positions ?

Posted on June 18, 2015 at 10:15 AM

When you make things harder - in terms of scrutiny, accountability and standards - it can put people off thinking of board positions as a great way to fund a lifestyle.

That isn't quite the way it is presented. But in a release entitled ‘Walking the Tightrope of Board Responsibility – a Difficult Balancing Act’,it is suggested that the introduction of the  UK's ‘Senior ManagersR...

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