Opinion

Diversity in the Board Room

Diversity in the Boardroom

Globalization, hand in hand with political changes, has caused shifts in the socio-economic landscape. Have these shifts affected executive diversity in the boardroom? And if so, have shifting social power hierarchies affected the profitability of large firms and corporations? Higher numbers of historically excluded groups (HEG’s) are entering the workplace due to access to higher… Read more »

Building a Board for the Long Term

Building a board

The importance of building a Board with the long term in mind cannot be overestimated. So often short-term thinking dominates corporate decision making, especially in the listed sector where quarterly earning pressures dominate. These expectations distract from long term strategic goals. In order to get the Board to stay on track with both short-term and… Read more »

EQ for Executives

EQ for Executives

The last century’s economic rollercoaster has made the no-nonsense hardball CEO a popular choice. The decisive, eat-the-weak-for breakfast types give us a sense of security and appeases concerns about economic insecurity to external parties. However these types are no fun to work for and those that work with them are often diminished to yes-men whose… Read more »

Leveraging Design Thinking in the C-Suite

Design Thinking

Developing business strategies in the c-suite comes with a myriad of challenges, especially when the individuals are all highly experienced but with incompatible strategic development processes. The c-suite is often thought of as reluctant to embrace change and that it favors analytical thinking over intuition, losing sight of customer needs. In-touch executives will know that… Read more »

Retaining Talent in Tough Times

how to retain talent

Employee retention practices tend to take a back seat to more pressing business activities, but as we know, we need to be prepared for times of financial growth.  This is when executives tend to seek out new opportunities leaving their companies vulnerable. During a financial upswing we should be focusing our time and resources on… Read more »