Are the roles of non-executive directors going to change forever?

TLEwebsite4Peter Whitehead, former editor of the FT Non-Executive Directors’ Club, wrote in a Financial Times article titled Non-executive director: a task for which no one is qualified: “The list of attributes required of a non-executive director is so long, precise and contradictory that there cannot be a single board member in the world who fully fits the bill.”

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Women in leadership roles

TLEwebsite4A new paper on women in leadership roles, Rethink What You “Know” About High-Achieving Women, that was released in the December 2014 issue of the Harvard Business Review (HBR), is only set to further the debate on women in the C-Suite and the boardroom.

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The founder’s dilemma

TLEwebsite4Dynamic entrepreneurial spirit and the daily grind of managing a thriving organisation are both vital ingredients in developing sustainable growth in the early stages of a business. But such skills are rarely found in the same individual.

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The threat of Cyber crime

TLEwebsite4Whilst the digital era provides substantial opportunities for corporate growth and expansion, it also brings unprecedented challenges in relation to company security, and particularly the security of customer, supplier and proprietary data. It has been suggested that victims of cybercrime lose around £245 billion each year worldwide, making it more profitable than the global trade in marijuana, cocaine and heroin combined.Little wonder then that the cyber threat landscape is rapidly evolving, with increasing numbers of nation-state threat actors who are well-funded, highly motivated and extremely sophisticated.

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Age of the CDO

TLEwebsite4The Art of Survival: Adapting to Change in the Digital Era

Fifty years ago, Leon Megginson, Professor of Management and Marketing at Louisiana State University wrote in the Southwestern Social Science Quarterly: “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most adaptable to change.” What Professor Megginson was referring to, in a business sense, was that those who survive are the ones who most accurately perceive their environment and successfully adapt to it.

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