Tomorrow's challenges

Inspiring stewardship

How businesses can thrive while enhancing the wealth of their stakeholders and society

Expectations that businesses should contribute to the well-being of society have never been higher. There are also an increasing number of different types of firms with various ownership systems: state-owned enterprises, family businesses, sovereign wealth funds, publicly traded companies with large holdings by institutional investors, and the list goes on.

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Tomorrow's Challenges

3 STRATEGIC QUESTIONS YOUR BOARD MUST ASK

Boards can add much more value to corporate strategy. Here's how.

With even the best CEOs being overstretched, boards have become essential to companies' strategic success. Unfortunately, most boards are confused about their strategic role and are failing to add value in this area.

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Tomorrow's Challenges

Most corporate boards are failing

Why boardrooms are in need of education

Most corporate boards are failing. I'm not only referring to the spectacular failures at Olympus, Yahoo or BP; most boards are not adding the value they could to corporations because they are not being educated properly. It would seem that business schools still see boards as a check on chief executives rather than as a competitive advantage for a company.

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Tomorrow's Challenges

In-touch boards

Reaching out to the value critical stakeholders

The repeated failure of boards to intervene early enough to avert corporate disasters reflects a serious problem in the boardroom that cannot simply be swept under the carpet. The improvements in corporate governance made so far after each crisis have failed to address a fundamental weakness: boards are out of touch often with those who can make or break a company.

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Tomorrow's Challenges

Should boards react to the Occupy movement?

When value-critical stakeholders replace the old-boy network

Rich "capitalists" have been caught exploiting society and the people on the street are not amused. People talk about capitalists using political donations and lobbying to get favourable tax rates and regulations, taking advantage of poorly informed customers, shifting costs of restructuring onto society, making society pay for financial risk by becoming too big to fail, taking a disproportionate share of the value created by separating compensation from performance.

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