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Category: The boardroom

9 Lessons on Being a Non-Executive Director

This blog first appeared on PRiME, an online magazine for women in their prime and looks at lessons I learned, what has gone well – and what am I still learning? Ten years ago, I was invited to join my first board as a non-executive director. It

Ten questions every board should be asking about social media

This week I was asked by RSM in Leeds to speak on digital transformation for charity leaders.  It’s always hard to know how to explain strategic social media to people who don’t understand it.  What angle do you start from?  I generally talk through

Can you network too much?

Am I doing enough with our existing network – which is both vast and has quality relationships in there? And could constant networking actually damage your business?

Brexit – time to ignore the doom-mongers

If the UK was a business, you would be looking at the drama of the last ten days and say ‘it’s time to change tack and start focusing on what you do.  Stop the boardroom politics, grow up, get out there and win business and look after your employees’.

Could your boardroom ethics cost you £20bn?

For too long, the issue of ethics in the boardroom has been seen as rather fluffy or for the CSR department and not about core business. But in the last few weeks we have seen just what the cost can be. Martin Winterkorn, chief executive of the world’s

Digital disruption – how is it shaping companies and boards of the future?

What do companies of the future look like? And what sort of boards do you need to run them? From the discussions at a Heidrick & Struggles breakfast debate this morning, traditional corporates are struggling to think digital, disrupt their existing

How to get more women on boards and in leadership roles?

The argument is won. Sort of. Most boards – whether enthusiastically or reluctantly – admit they need more women at the top of their organisation. Some because they know it just makes business sense, others because they look increasingly odd and out

5 tips to chair a board meeting outstandingly

One of the issues often raised by leaders is how to chair a board or meeting successfully. Here I share my tips from chairing boards myself and from having been on the receiving end of not great chairmanship! In our research for helping women to be recognised

9 top tips to facilitating and moderating events

Last night I got the most fantastic email from a client, telling me how all the tips we’d discussed for an event worked in practice! She was on such a high, had such great feedback from the event – and at the event was invited to speak at a very high

Should CEOs be on twitter? Why they should – and why they shouldn’t

The FT’s Maija Palmer recently looked at chief executives who are on Twitter. The article quoted Linda Bolg of Socialbro who said ‘I would personally always advise (the CEO) being on Twitter as it can raise the company profile’. It was great to

Where are the opportunities for 2015?

Get your board into technology Last week Sony cancelled the release of Hollywood film, The Interview because of computer hacking threats. The company has been slated for this decision – even by President Obama – not just for being weak but because

How to grow your business – top tips from 400 entrepreneurs

Looking back on his time as Insider’s deputy editor, Northern Lights communications director Ben Pindar shares the secrets of business success from the hundreds of top entrepreneurs he interviewed over the years. This blog first appeared on Insider