About three and a half years ago, I had the privilege of listening to a leading thinker speak about some of the problems with boards, board practice and the phenomenon of corporate governance. The comments were as contentious as they were disarming: we don't know nearly as much as we would like to think we do. Further, many of the widely discussed measures (women on boards, board size, an independent chair) provide little if any guarantee of increased business performance.
My initial reaction was to dismiss the comments. They stood apart from the prevailing opinions of many practitioners and consultants. However, there was something compelling about the the way the story was told. Something made sense, so I dug deeper. Pretty soon, I found myself on the quest that became my doctoral journey, to try to work out how boards can influence business performance in real terms.
That quest continues today. However, the doctorate is nearly complete so the time to package the learnings (there have been many), tell the emergent corporate governance story and discuss implications for boards and businesses has arrived. To this end, I will be travelling internationally in June (as signalled yesterday), September and November as follows:
If you want to know more about any of these events, or want me to meet your board or executive team, please get in touch.
Thoughts on corporate governance, strategy and the craft of board work; our place in the world; and, other things that catch my attention.