15 January, 2020

Why every company needs a chief fun officer

It has long been recognised that all work and no play is likely to lead to less productive, dissatisfied workers. As far back as the 1930s, management researchers such as Elton Mayo and Mary Parker Fo...
boardroom, board executives

9 January, 2020

FRC governance report calls for ‘greater focus’ on culture and strategy

UK companies are struggling with defining their purpose and “greater focus” is required on sustainability, stakeholder engagement, diversity and the importance of corporate culture, according to a...
meeting, employee engagement, workers, speak up

6 August, 2019

If you want employees to speak up, show that you will listen

Corporate scandals have highlighted the need for appropriate oversight by boards seeking to ensure the stability and sustainability of the businesses they run. Indeed, the new UK Corporate Governance ...
social media, hashtag, reputation

28 May, 2019

Social media: when personal beliefs clash with corporate values

By its very nature, social media blurs our professional and private selves. When we put a disclaimer in our Twitter bio stating “Views my own, and do not reflect those of my employer”, we may feel...
meeting, employee engagement, workers, speak up

10 May, 2019

Designated non-executives set to represent workforce views

Last week investors in Schroders, the UK asset manager, signed off on the company’s annual report for 2018. Nothing unusual in that, but it was the first known report to contain details of a new fea...
businessmen, handshake

30 April, 2019

Executives: the new social leaders

Big corporations have traditionally been seen as a bogeyman by people fighting for social and environmental change. But the latest annual Edelman Trust Barometer, which researched 33,000 citizens acro...
Ethical Leadership, chairman

14 December, 2017

Lead by example: the many benefits of ethical leadership

Corporate culture has become a subject of significant discourse lately, and it’s to no-one’s surprise given the seemingly perpetual headlines...
boardroom, closed doors, employees on boards, worker representation

20 November, 2017

There’s still everything to gain from having workers on boards

Through the debate on the government’s corporate governance proposals, a clear consensus has emerged that boards must invest in engaged relationships with their...
board meeting

8 September, 2017

Board chair practices across the world: an INSEAD study

How culture impacts the role of a board chair Difficult team members are ubiquitous in business. Generally HR steps in to coach individuals accused of using inappropriate langu...

31 August, 2017

The three Es of effective board leadership: an INSEAD study

Boards of directors often get media attention when something goes wrong. The board of VW