The end of 2023 is nigh; consequently, minds have turned to end-of-year celebrations, various secular and religious festivals, and, inevitably, reflections.
Twenty twenty-three has been a standout year for me for several reasons, not the least of which have been many expressions of encouragement, support and endorsement as I have sought to help boards govern with impact. That I have had the opportunity to contribute is a delight. But more than this, the seemingly simple fact that directors, boards, shareholders, institutions and others invite me to advise, assess, educate, speak and otherwise provide counsel, is a great honour. Thank you to everyone who has sought me during the year and entrusted your situations to me. These are cherished interactions.
As I sit back, in these final hours of the 'business' year, I have found myself pondering 'reach'. This, a response to a question from a friend who, knowing of my recent trip to Kenya, wanted to know how many countries I had visited in 2023. When I checked back, this is what I discovered:
Superficially, this sounds like a busy year. And it has been. But, I hasten to add these data are neither targets nor badges of honour. They are, simply, footprints: evidence of my travels as I have sought to help boards govern with impact over the past year.
Looking to 2024, my intent is to continue to serve—subject to boards and directors wanting guidance, of course! For now though, my objective is more selfish: it is relax, read and recharge, in readiness for what lies ahead. Best wishes as you close out 2023, and turn the page to reveal 2024.
Thoughts on corporate governance, strategy and boardcraft; our place in the world; and other topics that catch my attention.