It is probably fair to say that boardrooms across the globe have more to contend with right now than at any other moment this century. Brexit and an as yet unknown Trump Presidency are just two of the core issues that will affect the way we all live, act and consume, as we witness a fundamental shift in geopolitics.
Boards need to be savvy in the way they deal with internal and external issues – everything from governance to people management and from globalisation to such apparent mundanities as what furniture to use in the boardroom (not as flippant as you might think).
It seems appropriate then that the boardroom should be the focus of this, our tenth edition of Observe.
As always we try and cover as wide a range of topics as possible. We are delighted to include an exclusive interview with Dr Marijn Dekkers, recently installed Chairman at Unilever. His take on everything from the management style of Jack Welch to globalisation and corporate governance provide a fascinating read.
We also cover such diverse fare as boardroom etiquette, the dynamic between a CEO and Chair, inclusion, boardroom scandals, an interview with Ann Sherry – one of Australia’s most respected businesswomen – and select five CEOs who we think you should follow closely in 2017. Our ‘Why I Took the Job’ slot is an unusual one: Lars Lagerbäck, former manager of the Icelandic and Swedish national football teams. England football fans may want to look away now...
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