Christmas is nigh. In four days time, the hurly-burly that typically precedes Christmas—decorating houses, selecting gifts, preparing food and organising travel and accommodation—will be over. The decorations will be taken down and packed away, and most of us will take some time off work. As we relax, many of us recall major events from the year and ponder what the future might hold. I'm no exception, although I have some unfinished business to deal with first: to say thank you.
The goal I set twelve months ago, of completing the doctoral thesis for submission by Christmas, has slipped my grasp. However, good progress was made throughout the year. My new goal, of submitting the thesis by Waitangi Day, is quite achievable. Despite this hiccup, the level of support and encouragement that has flowed throughout the year has been amazing. Thank you. I have met people—some of whom have become friends—at conferences; in business meetings; at workshops; and, on LinkedIn, Twitter and email. Some of the conversations have blown me away. That such a broad church of people from all around the world might be interested in learning how boards can influence business performance has given me great hope; that the research may have some real value in practice.
I will 'sign off' from the thesis write-up on 23 December, and not return to it until 2 January. I'm tired and need a break to recharge for the final push to submit the thesis and then to prepare for the oral examination.
Looking to 2015, I have three main priorities:
If you think you might want some assistance in 2015; or, if have a board vacancy; or, if want to hear about my research or have me speak; or, if you simply want stay in touch, please let me know. I'd love to hear from you. To follow my work, please check this page periodically—the musings will continue to be published for as long as people read them and say they are helpful. Merry Christmas.
Thoughts on corporate governance, strategy and effective board practice; our place in the world; and, other things that catch my attention.