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Measuring Culture

Corporate culture has become a topic of national conversation. Organisational balance sheets and reputations are being severely impacted and regulatory scrutiny is intensifying. At the same time, organisations are investing significant time and money surveying, guiding and training staff on values, ethics and conduct. Despite this heightened focus, staff members continue to act contrary to [...]

By Blackhall & Pearl| April 8th, 2017|Insights|0 Comments

Culture is Local

Culture also comes from the middle – not just from the top. It is also a local construct because conduct is sensitive to context. It is driven by social factors. Boards, leadership teams and line managers are not necessarily the biggest influencers of conduct. The main influencers on a day-to-day basis are local colleagues who [...]

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Risk Appetite

Formulating a risk management program without defining your Risk Appetite is like designing a bridge without knowing which river it needs to span. The bridge will be too long or too short, too high or too low, and certainly not the best structure to cross the river in question. The term ‘Risk Appetite’ is becoming [...]

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Board Composition

Board composition is a critical issue that should concern the quality of board decision making, and not only a single selection criteria such as gender or age balance. Gender diversity is a critical element of the board diversity debate. However, the guiding principle of board member selection is to achieve better decision making, through the [...]

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Director Characteristics

Boards are spending a significant amount of time focusing on the technical process related to board procedures and responsibilities, and the control structures of the board. Whilst these factors are critical and necessary, many boards are beginning to recognise that the character of the individual directors and the culture of the board as a team [...]

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Directorship Tenure

There was a time when a directorship was akin to a life peerage, where tenure was perpetual until the director became physically incapable of attending meetings. Today, the issue of board tenure is much more complex and framed by the director’s usefulness or appropriate contribution to the organisation. How this departure point is canvassed and [...]

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Corporate Governance

Corporate governance is part of a complex process involving regulations, guidelines and industry practices designed to monitor and manage the operations of organisations. It affords a sense of control and predictability to a range of stakeholders, being governments, investors, management, consumers, clients or the community at large. However, current governance or control mechanisms in isolation [...]

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Board Culture

Corporate culture is enacted and continuously created by every member of an organisation through their day-to-day participation. It provides employees with (largely unspoken) rules for how they should behave to gain and maintain social ‘membership’ in the organisation. The board is the ultimate custodian of corporate culture in an organisation and has a responsibility to [...]

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Boardroom Quotas

Establishing quotas within the boardroom is at the forefront of conversations surrounding improvements to board diversity. While there have been a number studies linking enhancement of boardroom diversity with greater boardroom performance, there has been no agreed approach to achieve a diverse boardroom. Different countries have adopted varying approaches. Europe continues to pursue regulatory change [...]

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Director Skills

The skills and experience of directors is a topic of critical importance to fellow board members and shareholders. There is continual debate regarding the optimum skill-set for a director, ranging from the need for financial literacy, the logical advantage of compliance experience, the added benefit of IT expertise and the utility of various entrepreneurial [...]

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