I'm sitting at my desk looking at a fantail flitting between the branches of the tree just outside the window. It's a great distraction from what I should be doing: cataloguing the pile of data gathered in the last week, including 900MB of sound recordings and 28 pages of handwritten notes, from two board meeting observations and three interviews. The insights from this latest data need to be compared with insights from data gathered earlier. While this process is akin to swimming in data, there is some good news: five "causal powers" (that may explain how boards influence business performance) are starting to emerge. However, I keep reminding myself not to jump to conclusions, for there is more data to gather and more analysis to conduct. The ideas forming in my mind could be significant, or they could be a mirage. Time will tell. The fantail has gone now, so it's back to work. I'll keep you informed.
Thoughts on corporate governance, strategy and the craft of board work; our place in the world; and, other things that catch my attention.