Making Your Board a Strategic Asset

The costs of cyber crime

There seems to be an ever-increasing problem with our exposure to cyber crime. As directors, we need to ensure that the boards we sit on take this problem seriously because the costs are potentially catastrophic. In just one area alone, that of identity fraud in the...

Diamonds and profits are for ever

De Beers appointed ad agency N W Ayers in 1938 to convince Americans that a diamond ring was the best symbol of love and a pre requisite to a happy marriage. The rest as they say is history.  

Call for diversity on all FTSE boards

The weekend press reported that a government-backed report will within the next week propose that FTSE companies should have at least one non-white director on the board by 2021. We will provide an update when the details are announced.

A quick strategy review

  Could you answer the following? We are happy as to how strategy happens here We know how we compete and how we do not We know where we compete and where we do not compete We fully understand the links between our strategic choices and value creation Our...

Do we value our values??

Some research just published suggests that when considering a job offer, today’s professionals consider the organisation’s values to be a significant factor; some 52% of those surveyed would turn down a job offer if the company’s values were either...

Are open-plan offices good for business?

There’s an interesting article in this month’s edition of Director, the IoD’s magazine, setting out the pros and cons of open-plan offices. I suspect that the ideal solution is a combination of both; i.e. open-plan working but with readily available...

One last question…

An interesting last question to ask at a job interview..”What would make someone not like you?” Not designed to cause embarrassment but rather to see how people react to an unexpected question. As a recruiter once told me..We advertise for CEO’s and...

Workers on boards

There has been a lot of discussion recently about employee representation on boards and, it seems, this is an initiative supported by the new Prime Minister. We have heard the pros and cons, mostly from existing and entrenched positions, but it would be interesting to...

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Board awareness???

Here we go again!! Once again, lack of financial awareness manifests itself at board level. Paul (Reverend) Flowers, former Chairman of the Co-op Bank, admitted to MPs this week that he thought the Co-op’s total assets were about £3 billion; they were actually...