Helen Green

Governance – fit for the future

Following consultation the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has released a revised corporate governance code* for premium listed companies. The new code, which will come into effect for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2019, highlights the importance of relationships with stakeholders and employees as well as looking towards culture as a means of […]

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In celebration of the end of another school year the BBC has compiled a guide to understanding the school report. Amidst remarks such as ‘open to new ideas’ and ‘lively and enthusiastic’ one in particular struck a chord with us. Apparently the comment ‘has shown an interest in self-guided learning’ better translates as ‘decides on […]

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Helen Green

The myth of equality

In Victorian times there was a widespread belief that a woman’s brain was in danger of overheating if it was taxed too much with tasks such as learning mathematics. Thank goodness then for the pioneering women of Victorian times and since who have through their actions set out to completely debunk the myth of inequality. […]

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As a manager, what you get paid for is changing. Are you? According to expert trend spotter and founding editor of Wired UK David Rowan (davidrowan.com) artificial intelligence (AI) will increasingly – think exponentially – remove the people factor from routine management tasks. Areas such as planning, organising or budgeting, once the staple fare for managers, […]

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Helen Green

Promoting women in finance

What is the diversity mix like within your organisation? Is diversity an ongoing initiative or have you reached your ‘quota’ and have therefore let the push for diversity slide into the background as other more pressing issues claim centre stage? OK, maybe that last scenario is a bit far fetched, not the least because the […]

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Helen Green

Do your customers understand you?

Know your customer. In business it’s a mantra which it is hard to get away from. If you want to innovate, to produce eye-catching adverts, to deliver products which resonate with your client base then received wisdom says that knowing your customer sits at the heart of success. But isn’t that just half of the […]

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Helen Green

I hope you are ready

We often hear about the power of sport to change lives and perhaps nowhere is this more obvious than in the Invictus Games which are (at the time of writing) taking place in Toronto. The BBC’s documentary “Battle to the Start Line” showcases the way in which camaraderie, team spirit and a defined goal all […]

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Helen Green

All it takes is one fragment

It can cause huge stress, drive cracks through seemingly solid foundations, and the ongoing damage it brings comes at a significant financial cost. Oh yes, and one small fragment can multiply and cause untold damage in a matter of days. In fact, when you think about it, the recently publicised warnings about the dangers of […]

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Chris Nel

Building Economic Success

Gloomy…choking business investment… Sometimes it seems as though we talk ourselves out of success rather than trying to create it. Flicking through the reactions to the Bank of England’s latest decision on interest rates and the subsequent press conference it would be easy to infer that the economy is in poor shape. But just look […]

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Helen Green

Overturning Assumptions

The dangers of assumptions disguised as fact.

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