I feel the need…the need for speed. Not sleep.

If you are writing a serious, important document – strategic analysis, Board paper, proposal, etc – then unfortunately there’s a decent chance you are in danger of putting the reader to sleep.  You see, one of the many traps in writing important documents,...

Staff Leaving – Will July be the New January?

It’s normally January that sees staff with itchy feet start to think about moving on. Bored or disillusioned with their current employer, their thoughts start to turn to greener pastures over the Christmas / Hogmanay break. New Year, new job? The question troubling...

Five More Traps in Board Papers – How data can mislead

In a previous article, I outlined some of the traps in Board papers, including some related to data. But the subject of how data in Board papers can mislead readers is a rich one, so here are five more traps to look out for. Averages Possibly the best known trap, the...

Eight Common Traps in Board Papers

“Board papers are little bit like a bikini; what they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital”. With apologies to Irving R Levine INTRODUCTION In theory, the difficult bit about being a NED is supposed to be weighing the numerous, important and complex...