A new piece of research, about boards and performance, confirms what many people already know: the power of 'team' is more conducive to performance than individual brilliance is. You see it all the time in team sports. Whether it's the Seattle Seahawks, Sky Procycling or the All Blacks of New Zealand, the collective power of a cohesive team, working towards a single goal, is a much stronger proposition than a team of individuals, as brilliantly capable as some of the individuals may be.
Boards of directors are no different. Celebrity directors or notables with important political, investment or other business connections are no match for a cohesive board that works as one towards an agreed goal. Given the widespread knowledge of this principle, why do so many shareholders and activist investors continue to promote candidates that play as individuals the moment they enter the boardroom?
Thoughts on corporate governance, strategy and the craft of board work; our place in the world; and, other things that catch my attention.