Fifty leading female professionals from Black, Asian and other Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are highlighted in the 2019 Women to Watch supplement, published annually by Cranfield University’s School of Management alongside the Female FTSE Board…Read more >
Category: Articles for Board Members
Should the Government think about an ambitious plan to bring more BAME minorities, (BAME – Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic, used to refer to members of non-white communities in the UK) into Britain’s boardrooms?
The aim could be for one in five directors of FTSE 100 companies to be from a BAME background. Lord Davies’ review into women in the boardroom, which began in 2011 and has had some success in increasing the numbers of women in senior business roles.
But is this a good thing and do we need quotas?Read more >
A lot of companies struggle with two apparently unrelated problems: disengaged younger workers and a weak response to changing market conditions.
A few companies have tackled both problems at the same time by creating a “shadow board” — a group of non-executive employees that works with senior executives on strategic initiatives.Read more >
The transition from executive to non-executive is a particularly interesting one – one which requires an evolution from a leadership role to one requiring stewardship, guidance and, perhaps most important, mediation – aligning the interests of key stakeholders.Read more >
Head of investments at London’s BGF Ventures, former LOVEFiLM and Mothercare CEO, and ex-chair of Moo.com, Simon Calver, on how tech founders should manage boards.Read more >
As technology becomes ever more the vital linchpin of business strategy and operations, many boards still do not have the know-how to oversee critical technology-driven initiatives, opportunities, and threats.Read more >
As change in the business environment accelerates, companies and their boards of directors must follow suit. Given the greater variety of business environments and the growing importance of non-competitive forces, corporate strategy is becoming more complex — and an increasingly important driver of performance. Furthermore, directors are facing calls from other stakeholders, including management and investors, to be more deeply involved in setting strategy.Read more >
Boards can play a critical role in maximizing an organization’s cyberresilience – its ability to weather and recover gracefully from almost inevitable security breaches.Read more >
Building a strategic advisory board can be an effective way to speed up your sales cycle, gain credibility and be introduced to key stakeholders at your prospect customers in the US.Read more >
Interesting analysis from McKinsey on what makes an exceptional CEO: “Exceptional CEOs” are twice as likely to have been brought in from outside than promoted as internal hires.Read more >
Business secretary says Theresa May stills wants workers represented at governance level, but not necessarily by workers.Read more >
Overseeing a company is no small task. Disruptive technologies are changing companies’ business models, geopolitical turmoil is impacting supply chains and investment opportunities, and increased regulatory complexity is affecting innovation. Institutional investors and shareholder activists are also playing a more powerful role shaping corporate governance. Boards of directors have to keep up with all of these changes in order to be effective.Read more >
An actively engaged board is able to identify and act upon weak signals that could indicate a need for change. Its composition and operations reflect the evolving needs of the business.Read more >
Andy Fastow is the disgraced ex-chief financial officer of Enron, the company that led to a corporate scandal so monstrous that the company’s name now evokes all that is wrong with American business.
After 5 years in prison, he now teaches ethics and offers advice that every board should adhere to to avoid becoming the next corporate casualty.Read more >
Advisory boards are all the rage right now. A startup can make headlines by appointing a tech veteran to their advisory board, and a pedigreed advisory board can become a selling point in establishing market credibility.Read more >
The amount of time board directors spend on their work and commit to strategy is rising. But in a new survey, few respondents rate their boards as effective at most tasks or report good feedback or training practices.Read more >
Lonergan Partners have produced a fascinating in-depth profile of the boards and directors governing the top 150 public companies in technology in Silicon Valley (the SV150).Read more >
This Harvard Business Review article argues that all boards need at least one technology expert.Read more >
Strategic thinking at the top of a company is more important than ever for business survival. But boards of directors have no clear model to follow when it comes to developing the strategic role for the companies they oversee. Should they supervise, co-create or support strategy?Read more >
Tesco’s need to recruit two new NEDs (non-executive directors) to the board highlights a common problem across many British companies.Read more >