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Category Archives: Governance

Whistleblowing is rarely out of the news and the recent Barclays case has once again raised key questions about how companies should handle these difficult situations. But one angle that is not much discussed is the issue of how to distinguish between – and then handle – a vexatious employee or individual and a genuine ...

Governance in family businesses is often seen as being outside of or behind governance in corporates.  Yet actually, there are areas where corporates could learn from family businesses – not least in the long term vision they have to ensure they survive through the next few family generations, but also the way they think about ...

Our language, beliefs, cultures, tastes, attitudes and politics have developed over centuries and are what make each of our nations unique. Unsurprisingly, our business practices have evolved in an equally as diverse pattern and, despite the increasing globalisation of our biggest businesses, governance rules now also vary considerably between countries. All global governance rules aim ...

A few days ago I had a shock.  I was having a quiet time with my four year old in the early evening – he was sitting on my lap with iPad watching Spiderman and I was reading a book.  It was a peaceful and happy moment. I was glancing at the iPad now and ...

Succession planning is now seen as a key governance issue.  But can you really plan succession, who should plan for it – and who should be covered with a succession plan? In this article I want to share views from academics and governance experts as to what the issues are around succession planning and some ...

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is #beboldforchange. I will be speaking at Clifford Chance’s event on the issue of more women in the C-suite and on boards. We have all been talking about this for a long time – so many women I know said they thought by the time they got to ...

I recently spent an interesting afternoon researching who are the world’s leading writers on corporate governance – journalists, bloggers, authors and tweeters.  I was surprised not to find more, so I have decided to share who I found and ask others to share who they follow on this important topic. I was really searching for ...

What is the secret ingredient of corporate culture?  This was the question asked at Hawkamah’s 10th annual conference on Corporate Culture where I was delighted to be a speaker.  Of course, culture is such a critical part of governance. As Hawkamah says, in introducing this subject, “a flawed corporate culture has emerged as a root ...

I was delighted to speak at the UN Global Compact, hosted in Dubai last month.  The focus of the day was the contribution of the private sector in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – our session was looking at helping to achieve SDG 16:  peace, justice and strong institutions, with fellow speakers from ...

  Governance is still a relatively new concept around the world and many who sit at a boardroom table are still getting to grips with ‘what does this mean for me?’ I want to look at the issue of silence around a board – and whether directors think they are protected if they stay silent.  ...

For anyone joining a board for the first time, one of the most important issues is to understand the difference between the board role of governance and the management role of managing.  Effective boards understand and manage this difference.  Dysfunctional boards do not. Nowadays, directors of boards are expected to serve to make a difference, ...

Last month I was invited by the global law firm, Norton Rose Fulbright to the evening launch of their own ta’atheer with more than 100 women and men from across different industries: oil, energy, legal, IT, healthcare, education, defence. ta’atheer is Arabic for impact, influence and creating legacy and Norton Rose is among an increasing ...

As a commercial lawyer, I have worked in government and the private sector and sat on commercial and voluntary leadership teams and boards.   Over the years I have become more interested in – actually, very passionate about – the importance of governance. In a way it sounds such a dull subject and yet poor governance ...

I personally felt as if I were living at the speed of Concorde; I am not sure that 2008 gave the world a chance to breathe, or even to sigh: it has been a year of such dramatic incidents. If asked, how would you sum up 2008? I have attempted to summarise it in a ...

        Hi, I am back on my blog scene. Last few weeks have been extremely busy for me with my endless meetings, hosting guests from around the globe and travelling. Just got back from Sharm El Sheikh where I participated in the World Economic Forum on Middle East. It was quite an ...