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...
Businessman handing over a cheque

21 September, 2020

When corporate social responsibility is mostly for show

In developed economies, consumers have been saying it loud and clear: corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a must, not a nice-to-have. As far back as 2010, more than 88% of consumers thought firms...
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...
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27 August, 2020

The state of AI-driven digital transformation

Over the past decade, digital transformation has been changing and re-inventing the way organisations conduct business. Essentially, it is the process of leveraging digital technology to create new or...
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25 August, 2020

How to make the most of a chief sustainability officer

A novelty in the C-suite not so long ago, the chief sustainability officer (CSO) is fast becoming a fixture in companies of note as climate change and inequality increasingly dominate global attention...
Image of Covid on a digital device

14 August, 2020

How Covid-19 raises the digital stakes even higher

When Covid-19 started to threaten global health services, nations began locking down and managed to get work, local government and education online very quickly—within two weeks or so. This was poss...
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...
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...
combined CEO chair role

29 July, 2020

Centre stage vs. backstage: the two faces of leadership

The first face is heroic. It’s what leaders use to inspire and motivate, role-model behaviour and express an enthralling vision. The second is more practical. It’s the face leaders assume behin...
Stressed CEO facing Covid-19 crisis

30 June, 2020

Leading in a crisis: Covid-era CEOs are ‘keen, tough or edgy’

What preoccupies CEOs during the coronavirus pandemic? What challenges do they face? How do they deal with those challenges? What are the