What’s So Scary About Social Media?
Executives have an irrational dread of social media. They instantly go on the defensive as they imagine endless breaches of trust and the horrors of shredded reputations. In most instances, it’s way over the top as none of this is overly complicated or taxing – it’s just another form of communication which needs to be understood and managed like anything else. (read more)
A New Model for Leadership
Traditional leadership and development programmes are dead in the water. In order to identify and nurture individuals with real potential, a heuristic approach is required that is driven with passion and commitment by the top team and tailored to a company’s specific needs and values. It’s surprising how many organisations have failed to grasp this and remain hopelessly out of date in their thinking. (read more)
Five Ways to Shine as a NED
Non-executive directors need to be able to bring a touch of inspiration to the boardroom without having an opinion on everyone and everything. Yes, good governance, business know-how and a nose for risk are all essential skills, but what the chairmen of companies looking to grow the top line now want are NEDs who can provide powerful insights on emerging markets, innovation and strategy. (read more)
Say Hello to the Digital Native
If only sauntering into a board meeting with the latest tablet was enough to make you au fait with the technology revolutionising the business world. To really help bridge the knowledge gap, a growing number of companies are recruiting ‘digital natives’ or have created ‘shadow boards’ and ‘reverse mentoring’ programmes, whereby those who lack seniority but understand digital can teach executives what they need to know. (read more)