King chess piece and pawns

3 June, 2021

Do CEOs matter?

As a young man of 20 in his first job at a state-owned enterprise in China, Guoli Chen found sen...
CEO in a board meeting

5 May, 2021

The post-Covid recovery demands ‘context-conscious’ leadership

Context is an often overlooked but crucial issue affecting leadership decision-making at all levels. And in a post-Covid world where the leadership focus is organisational reconstruction rather than r...
Businessman and his shadow with a growing nose

2 November, 2020

If you get on with your boss you’re more likely to lie for them

We generally believe that it is a good thing to have strong relationships with the people we work for and those we manage. Organisations and leaders do many...
Harvey Weinstein leaves court during his trial

29 September, 2020

Businesses ‘can play important role in stemming executive misconduct’

Nothing makes headlines quite like a corporate scandal, with events at
McDonald's sign

25 September, 2020

How good governance can stop toxic ‘bro behaviour’ at companies

In 2019, the board of directors of McDonald’s Corp took the unusual but bold and moral decision to dismiss its CEO Steve Easterbrook after he...
A narcissistic leader places a crown on his own head

2 September, 2020

Narcissistic leaders are perceived negatively by their employees

Ever since the ascent of Donald Trump to the US presidency narcissism has been one of the most talked about personality traits among leaders in business. This often focuses on their potential for unde...
Woman laughing

31 July, 2020

Real deal: the advantages of being (seen as) authentic at work

Authenticity is when one’s self-expression is in alignment with one’s internal sense of self. During our formative years, we learn to create different, compartmentalised versions of ourselves t...
#metoo, sexual harassment and misconduct

13 July, 2020

#MeToo continues: why sexual harassment is a growing litigation risk

We all know that the federal securities laws prohibit insider trading, "pumping and dumping", Ponzi schemes and market manipulation. But public shareholders and their lawyers have been working hard to...
Harvey Weinstein leaves court during his trial

23 June, 2020

Investors use securities law to sue over sexual misconduct

The #MeToo movement, trigged by revelations in 2017 about film director Harvey Weinstein, has quietly opened a second front in the campaign to end sexual harassment in the workplace. While much att...
Jes Staley, Barclays CEO

18 June, 2018

Executives warned of action using senior managers regime

The fine imposed on Barclays' chief executive Jes Staley has been signalled as a warning to executives that regulators will not hold back from acting on the rules in the