businessman in a maze

8 July, 2020

How we formed a strategy—and then adapted it to a global pandemic

Strategies never go according to plan. The strategy guru Igor Ansoff referred to "turbulence" in the strategic environment which forces plans to be reshaped and rethought as events unfold. But what is...
collaboration, covid

3 April, 2020

Collaboration is key for the challenging AGM season ahead

The changing corporate landscape continues to make the AGM season an uncertain time. Investors are more courageous and more likely to vote against boards on a range of issues. This season boards ar...
future, opportunity, risk management

1 April, 2020

Board leadership and culture will be a differentiator in this crisis

There has never been a more testing time for boards. Covid-19 feels like SARs, 9-11 and the financial crisis all rolled into one. The existential threat to businesses and, more importantly, to our col...
board tension

24 March, 2020

Boards must harness tension to succeed in a time of disruption

Research from international head hunting firm, Odgers Berndtson, reveals that only 15% of executives believe
Leadership, teamwork

17 March, 2020

Leaders in crisis: why teamwork is the way forward

The UK is now at the heart of the coronavirus storm and the economic and financial effects are becoming clear. While companies have worked on their processes to cope with implications of Covid-19, att...
systemic risk, boat and a big wave

17 March, 2020

Covid-19 is a new systemic risk. What are the implications for governance?

Covid-19 emerged in December 2019 and has quickly become a global crisis that threatens the health of individuals and the welfare of societies on a vast scale, including its impact on global economic ...
Volkswagen, organisational reputation

5 February, 2020

How boards can learn to talk about ‘unspeakable’ issues

Organisational reputation is an increasingly critical issue for boards to consider and is certainly on a par with overseeing product quality and service delivery. Volkswagen Group is a useful case ...
business leaders, leadership

3 January, 2020

Five qualities for business leaders in an age of uncertainty

The 21st century has given us great access to information and a heightened awareness of human impact on the planet. We are also witnessing a proliferation in the use of technology by a global populati...
activism, activist, investors, shareholder engagement

27 August, 2019

Institutional investors ‘should confront failing chairs’ to fight private equity deals

Institutional shareholders have been called upon to replace failing chairs as part of an effort to counter companies being sold “too cheaply” to private equity investors. According to David Cum...
AI, artificial intelligence

15 August, 2019

Why insecure leaders trust algorithms over advisers

Boards are not just made to hold management to account; they’re also there to provide advice. Except, it seems, some leaders might prefer the counsel of machines rather than real people. That’s...