Business & Leadership

The keys to 21st-century corporate success

For most businesses and business leaders, the golden age of the 1990s seems a lifetime away. Beset by uncertainty, suspicion, fear and financial turmoil, CEOs have to adjust to a whole new world. After the scandals and uncertainty of the past year, there is an understandable impulse for businesses to keep their heads down and …

Reclaiming the board’s agenda

Loss of trust in the business world has brought us to a turning point in the relationship between the board, the management team, regulators and the investment community. But it is vital that confidence returns to replace the current atmosphere of caution. Alan Bird, Robin Buchanan and Paul Rogers ask what company boards must do …

Risk-taking in a tentative world

We should not avoid taking risks just because the world suddenly seems more dangerous. On the contrary, we need to take them more than ever. But we must make a better job of deciding which risks to take, managing the consequences of those decisions and becoming resilient to the risks that we cannot control. That …

Managing corporate risk and reputation

These days a successful CEO has to operate more like a national president or foreign minister, exercising hard power and soft power in equal measure. In the 21st century, a company’s ability to stand out will be defined more by its relationships with the outside world and its image than by its quarterly numbers and …

Learning the art of leading people

True leadership is not about prestige, power or status, says Marilyn Carlson Nelson. It is about personal responsibility and personal engagement. Leading people in a fast-changing business world is no longer about command and control. It is about collaboration and community The ancients, gazing at the stars, often saw very different things. Some looked skywards …

How to get your risk profile right

We cannot avoid risk. Nor should we want to. It is a part of our daily lives. Without it, there is no reward. But what we can do is learn to understand it, manage it, benefit from it and prepare ourselves better for the inevitable, unexpected risks that come our way. Let’s explore the concept …

How to win and keep on winning

How can companies keep outperforming their peers and competitors time after time? What makes a company perform to the very best of its potential? And what is the right mix of short-term and long-term management? Joe Forehand takes a look at the characteristics that make – and keep – companies great What makes a company …

What is Business Ethics?

I’m Kirk Hanson executive director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. This is one of a series of short videos on the core ideas of ethics and business ethics. This is on what is ethics and what really is business ethics. First of all, ethics in general is the study …

Put Boots on the Ground to Build Relationships

While it was not a formal theme of the Conference, one of the key things that almost every speaker I heard at the SCCE Conference emphasized was that the compliance practitioner had to get out of the office and into the field. Online training is certainly a useful tool for large multi-national organizations but nothing …

Send Lawyers, Guns and Money – Some Steps Law Firms Should Consider

One of my favorite lawyer songs is the Warren Zevon classic “Lawyers, Guns and Money”. I was reminded of that song when I sat on a panel on Wednesday with Dan Chapman and Mike Volkov, where we discussed recent enforcement actions and due diligence under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Dan is the Chief …