Tag Archives: Corporate Politics

Your guide to handling ethical management issues

You have spent a lot of time honing your business ethics, governance and compliance skills, but time and again you find yourself in difficult situations and realise nobody taught you what to do. If I just described you, then this article is for you. Most of what is taught is with regards to how to…

What the Board Should Expect of a Management Presentation

In a previous article I discussed how to conduct an effective board meeting. One of the main elements discussed in making board meetings effective was management presentations. In this article I will explain why most management presentations to the board are less than useful and how the board can help change that. It is a…

Delegation Will Set You Free

Centralised control has failed in every single economic endeavor known to man. As a national economic system centralised control, better known as communism, failed spectacularly in the USSR. More recently China’s attempt to incorporate capitalist elements to its centralised economic control framework lead to the country wasting USD 6.8 trillion in investment according to a…

Planning and Reorganising Masquerading as Work

One of the recurring themes in my writing is that there is not enough planning before action is taken. Maybe what I should have said is that there is not enough effective planning. The distinction is important as far too often too much planning and reorganisation gets in the way of real work. My experience is…

Disinformation in the Investment World

The main documents pertaining to the state of a business are either legally notarised, such as the memorandum and articles of association, or are heavily regulated, such as the audited financial statements and analyst reports. This information, however, is not enough to understand the business and quite often colour needs to be added in the form…

Deconstructing Strategy

I think that it is safe to say that most people entering the work force view strategy as some kind of mystical plan developed by all knowing executives using arcane skills. At the other end of the spectrum I don’t think that there exists a C-level executive who at least once didn’t wonder whether strategic…

Corporate Turnaround: Identifying a Toxic Corporate Culture

Fast growing economies, such as those found in frontier and emerging markets, have a symbiotic relationship with fast growing companies. Good company performance drives economic growth which in turn drives business. The flip side of the coin is that economic downturns hit companies hard. Both of these scenarios are fertile ground for the development of a toxic…