Lighthouse shining in the darkness

10 November, 2020

Innovation in a crisis: how to seize opportunities for growth

As business navigates a second set of lockdowns across the UK, thoughts naturally turn to how companies will survive and prosper. For many experts innovation is the key. Recent research shows that ...
man with a torch in a dark forest

27 October, 2020

Leadership in wicked times

This extraordinary year has brought to the fore an unprecedented number of wicked problems—like Covid-19 or systemic racism. Global warming, developing over decades, arguably is the biggest one. Unl...
John Allan

8 October, 2020

Tesco’s John Allan on the role of non-executives at a time of crisis

In our latest Board Agenda podcast we interview John Allan, chair of Tesco's board and one of the UK’s foremost corporate leaders, for his insights on the role of non-executive directors, t...
notebook on boardroom table

21 September, 2020

Pandemic or no, it’s business as usual for boards

The scale and pace of change unleashed by the Covid-19 pandemic has no precedent in modern history. How well companies perform depends in part, at least, on their board of directors, the highest decis...
Coalitions on boards

1 September, 2020

Power, politics and crisis response on the board

When crisis kicks in, we tend to rely on instinct. Familiar solutions and well-honed responses will occur most naturally to us—regardless of their relevance to the problem at hand. If you want to kn...
Covid-19 crisis and stock market prices

20 August, 2020

ESG ‘not a factor’ in share price resilience during Covid-19 crisis

There’s bad news for supporters of companies who score highly on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors. Academics claim that lofty ESG ratings failed to “immunise” the stock prices ...
Organisational structure

30 July, 2020

In the current crisis, less hierarchical companies show special resilience

“Our three-year transformation towards a more participative organisation helped us to overcome this,” shared the CEO of the Brussels-region governmental employment agency regarding the Covid-19 cr...
boardroom meeting with diverse board members, diversity

13 July, 2020

Warning over boardroom composition as businesses adapt to Covid-19

The trials placed on governments, economies and societies by Covid-19 are far from over, but it’s already clear that the pandemic is forcing organisations—and boardrooms—to adapt. One realisatio...
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 ...
Jacinda Ardern

12 May, 2020

Ardern and Cuomo lead the way on crisis communications

A leader’s key weapon in battling any crisis is exceptional communication. The Mandarin word for crisis, "Wei Ji", combines two characters (危 机): danger and opportunity. How a business leader ma...