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...

Top Three Mistakes Underperforming PR Boards Make

Reflecting on my work advising PR businesses on growth and profitability, and on the firms I have been part of and have run, it strikes me that firms in need of improvement tend to have the same three major problems crop up at Board level, time and again. The number...

Are you a “pen-down” person?

Ever heard the expression “a pen-down person”?  It’s one of the quickest ways to find yourself written off , in a meeting. It refers to the observation that, whilst some people in meetings are busy taking notes and contributing, others put their pen down (or stop...