The Danger of Ignorance or why Good Corporate Governance is important

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 Take Away Line If there’s anything we can learn from the collapse of the banks and other major institutions, it’s that their boards have to be more than a mere shadowy presence: their input matters.  The consequences of weak governance … Continue reading

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Opening up: Adopting a Habit of Reviewing Governance Effectiveness

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Take Away Line As the group at the ‘top of the shop’ in their organisations, there is an easy and natural tendency for boards to become somewhat closed off, like a closed system, impervious to signals of how it may … Continue reading

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An Awakened Board: A Peak at Great Organisational Governance

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 Take Away Line Good governance, along with its great governance and weak governance counterparts, is only partly a describable condition – and in this blog we have a go at that – but it is also an outcome from a … Continue reading

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Christmas 2012 – home thoughts from abroad

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Take Away Line After a year of exciting and challenging international assignments, alongside the more typical ones in the UK and other European Countries, it’s time to roast a Christmas chestnut and reflect on the learning that they have brought … Continue reading

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How to choose the right leadership development programme for your organisation – in Madagascar

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Take Away Line Rattling through the bush on a long journey can be a great way to reflect, discuss and formulate. On one journey in the Madagascan Highlands, we talked about how to choose the right leadership development programme, developing … Continue reading

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Glamour and Poverty: behind the Scenes of the Baku Eurovision in 2012, a Civil Society Connection?

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Take Away Line The European Union is supporting the development of civil society in a number of its neighbours, seeing their stability and prosperity as in our interest as well as a good thing to support.  Solidarity in action.  But … Continue reading

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Burning bright, not burning out: Leadership in tough times and the art of managing Stress, Well-being and Centeredness

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Take Away Line As high stress levels seem to be endemic in professional life, attention turns to understanding how to cope and, better still, to lead oneself and ones team through the stress.  The process of moving from being subject … Continue reading

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Happiness at Work: The Spirituality of Success

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Take Away Line Much of the literature on happiness seems to emphasise the importance of removing barriers to happiness, since happiness is more or less a natural state.  Removing barriers has been a theme of all these articles.  But there … Continue reading

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Happiness at Work: Managing Well-being

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Take Away Line Whether it’s to survive the tough times we live in or to perform in the Olympics, we have to keep well.  Keeping well is the baseline for job satisfaction and happiness generally.  But wellness is not just … Continue reading

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Happiness at Work: where Challenge stops and Satisfaction begins

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Take Away Line While the word challenge frequently came to mind during the Olympics and Paralympics, the word boredom did not.  Yet, all jobs have a mixture of challenge and repetition.  What’s our stance in relation to work challenge?  How … Continue reading

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