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The Big Bad Wolf

The Big Bad Wolf

This is a large threat coming towards you. It’s highly obvious and probably dangerous. It’s a menacing, big bad wolf, the fourth and final animal I am using in this series of articles to represent the dysfunctional behaviours of the boards of some businesses and organisations. The book Gray Rhino by Michele Wucker looks at

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The Big Bad Wolf

The Big Bad Wolf

The book Gray Rhino by Michele Wucker looks at how we should recognise and act on the obvious dangers that we ignore. In the big bad wolf scenario, a board is aware that there is a problem or a challenge to face down, but the action it takes is not proportional to the level of threat.
31 August 2021
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The White Elephant

The White Elephant

There are some leaders who ignore what’s under their noses. They are the white elephants. We often talk about people ignoring the ‘elephant in the room’, meaning something that should be impossible to ignore – but we ignore it all the same. This is the theme for this third article in my seri...
30 July 2021
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The Red Goose

The Red Goose

The main trait of the red goose board can be summed in the word ‘busy’. Here, there is a lot of activity going on – but it’s the wrong kind of things. People are running around in circles but not actually achieving anything. They are on a wild goose chase.
30 June 2021
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The Black Swan

The Black Swan

Boards have a responsibility to control the direction and success of their organisation. They must monitor risk, set the strategy and ensure that it aligns with their purpose, vision and culture. Boards need to adapt. They need to navigate their external and internal environments and ensure they are...
31 May 2021
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We didn’t ask for this.

We didn’t ask for this.

I am not surprised by the recent report from the government’s Commission on Race Ethnic and Disparities (CRED) when you consider why the Chair and Commissioners may have been chosen and the underlying mission with which it seems to have started out i.e. let’s prove that institutional and struct...
08 April 2021
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Apply and Explain, how to do it.

Apply and Explain, how to do it.

The Financial Reporting Council have just published the Review of Corporate Governance Reporting November 2020 and it got me thinking about the importance and usefulness to stakeholders, of effective reporting. Any form of external corporate reporting has a part to play in responding to the current ...
30 November 2020
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