The Document vs Proposal Trap

On the face of it, there are huge similarities between significant business documents – Board submissions, say – and new business proposals. The former provides relevant information in a clear and persuasive manner, so the latter is surely the same, but...

What to do if you think the bad times may be coming

I, together with some stellar colleagues, ran a business that enjoyed 13 years of unbroken growth. But no one defies gravity forever and even the best-run businesses will face a downturn, eventually. So come a downturn, what should you do, and when should you do it?...

The 90 second test for Board papers

Board papers can be lengthy and complex, and this is particularly true for highly regulated sectors – financial and health, for example. But no matter how challenging the papers’ subjects may be – stochastic modelling of early pension redemptions, anyone?...

Don’t be vague…

It’s easy to inadvertently use vague terms in Board papers, resulting in inadvertent misunderstandings. Precision should be used, instead.

Problems with Data in Board and Committee Papers

Introduction There’s little doubt that Board and Committee papers have improved over recent years, but familiar challenges remain  – too lengthy and you are swamped in information; too brief and you have to read between the lines to see what’s not there. And...