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...
Hacker launching cyber-attacks during Covid-19 crisis

9 June, 2020

Working from home? Stay alert to the risk of cyber-attacks

Picture cyber-attacks on your organisation as being like any other scam—tenacious, infuriating and often playing on human weakness or error to achieve access to your most important resources. The...
head bookcase

14 May, 2020

Balancing the books: the challenges of chairing a library charity

I have been chair of the board for the past 18 months at Libraries Unlimited, which is a charity representing more than 50 libraries across Devon. During this time I have found myself navigating five ...
NED Awards 2020 Page Nyame-Satterthwaite

16 April, 2020

NED Awards 2020: ‘It’s the unexpected that really tests us’

Resilience is a key quality when a company enters a moment of crisis like the current pandemic. And that’s when high-quality non-executive directors really count. This year’s Non-Executive Directo...
How leaders communicate

9 April, 2020

How true leaders communicate in a crisis

With nearly a fifth of the globe’s population on lockdown, many of us have replaced our morning routine of getting ready for the day and then taking public transportation or the car to the office wi...
eye, big data ethics

26 February, 2020

Big data ‘poses biggest ethical challenge’ for businesses

Concerns about big data have become a leading ethical issue for executives and boards. A survey released this week found that 44% of executives polled said big data “poses the biggest ethical challe...
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...
stressed CEO at his desk, mental health

25 October, 2019

Feeling drained? Why leaders must learn to manage their energy

When I ran into Dirk, a banking CEO whom I had known for some time, I asked him why he looked so down. After a short silence, he responded with an avalanche of words. He had been feeling exhausted. At...
Jacqui Ferguson, NED Awards 2020

30 September, 2019

NED Awards 2020: ‘Think strategically about how your company adapts’

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ransomware threat

5 August, 2019

Board preparation is key to fighting the ransomware threat

Ransomware is one of the most debilitating forms of cyber-attack, often catching companies unaware and ultimately causing them long-term financial and reputational harm. Unfortunately, in 2019 there h...