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...
Questions, question mark

5 May, 2020

Forget perfect: how to make decisions during uncertain times

Even before Covid-19 we were living in a period of high uncertainty and volatility. Every sector of our economy was, arguably, being disrupted by technological change and/or by cross-border competitio...
Team climbing a mountain using collaborative leadership

17 April, 2020

The role of the board in times of distress

The Covid-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc on humanity at an unprecedented scale. Draconian measures governments are imposing in an attempt to “flatten the curve” have triggered a swift and massive e...
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...