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Technology Moves Fast: Boardrooms Need To Catch-Up

Posted on July 18, 2013 at 3:40 PM

The world is moving much faster than the UK's boardrooms. Earlier today there were those in my Twitterstream who agreed, when I suggested this megatrends report by CIPD should be placed in front of every plc boardmember to concentrate the mind on strategy.


If the times they are a changin, I'm a great believer in changing...

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'Always Learning' : Communication & Reputation At The Top

Posted on July 5, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Fidelio Partners, the board development and headhunting consultancy, is onto something.


They have done a survey of leading Corporate Affairs/Comms Directors- not a large sample, but I do think it is representative from other conversations I have been having - that reflects both the rising importance of corporate reputation, and the need to look again at the role of corporate affairs/communications directors in the...

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'Smelling The Air" in PLCs and 'Moral Compass'

Posted on June 22, 2013 at 3:30 PM

There is something in the air, and it isn't all just speculation about the British weather. Like an influx of pollen, it's all about ethics and the boardroom.


I am delighted to introduce Ian Muir,  a Director at Keeldeep Associates Limited who works with top teams on organisational effectiveness. He is the author of Board Evaluation published by

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Does EU #Corpgov Policy Need More Ethics ?

Posted on June 21, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Having asked the Parliamentary Standards Commission to report on banking standards in the UK, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said in his speech in Bournemouth in February : "The change to the culture and ethics of banking go beyond bonuses and fines. I believe we need proper professional standards in the banking sector – just as we hav...

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Finance Teams: Fundamental Rethink Needed On Hiring

Posted on June 20, 2013 at 9:35 AM

The goal of more women as non-executive directors in the boardroom has turned out to require a fundamental rethink of the executive pipeline and the structure of UK plc. But there's a lot more thinking to be done, if we want to change business for the better.


A qualification in finance has been widely seen - and

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Relaxing Laws On Bribery Makes A Mockery of #corpgov

Posted on May 31, 2013 at 9:15 AM

I was dumbstruck by the FT story two days ago that the UK government is considering 'relaxing' the Bribery Act legislation which took long enough to get approved in the first place. If you don't have access to FT.com it quoted the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), the UK's top business lobbying organisation, as supportive of...

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Time For a Chief Reality Officer ?

Posted on April 30, 2013 at 6:50 AM

With all the talk in the UK, US and Europe about more women in the boardroom, more women in the executive pipeline and generally better conditions for men and women in the workplace for better business, it is easy to forget something.


Bandwagons - and those who stand up at the front to give them direction- almost always also have a few personal agendas as well.


So it's worth taking a moment to think about a thought that isn't revolutionary : each business w...

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Decline In Financial Data Provided In Annual Reports

Posted on April 3, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Does less financial data automatically assume less transparency ? If so, we are in trouble. On the other hand, it could be that more is known, but less is shared- which is even worse.


Chairmen and CEOs in the FTSE100 provided seven percent less financial data and eight percent less forward-looking financial data in annual statements over the last five years. 

 

Metapraxis, the business analysis com...

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Governance: It's All About Engagement #cgconf13

Posted on March 15, 2013 at 2:30 PM

It's rare to enjoy an entire day at a conference, especially if you're me.


But yesterday's 5th ICSA corporate governance conference - to be found at Twitter #cgconf13 - was testimony to its hard work and determination to make corporate governance live up to its exciting potential.


(Note: I have written for an ICSA publication and been paid for it .But I am not now - and I am a long way from being uncri...

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Lack Of Innovation : Danger Danger For The Boardroom

Posted on February 27, 2013 at 12:35 AM

There's something in the wind - or rather, the problem is, there isn't - and that something is 'innovation.'


Of particular importance to technology companies perhaps, but actually I think  a concern for all business, regardless of sector.


Boardrooms everywhere should have it highly placed on their agenda, and in the UK it doesn't look as if many of them are paying attention. This came up recently when I was talking to Michael Jackson, a former cha...

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