How do you solve a problem called Inclusion?
Finding a solution is hugely dependent on defining the problem and its scope correctly. By defining D&I as a bounded problem, many approaches falter at the first step.
Talent risks and the board
Talent should be on the board agenda because bad hiring practices demotivate and cause attrition, as well as damage equity and diversity in an organisation.
There is no way to learn the practice of governance except from experience -- that of others and that of one's own the latter of which is likely to be just a compendium of bloopers made.
Risk conversations 2021
With the lessons of 2020 to guide us, boards need to change their risk conversations and their strategic priorities for 2021.
Now for something completely different
To go beyond tokenism on "difference" or "diversity", we need to practise governance differently. Starting with how we recruit board directors. And how we report on our intent, action, and progress for diversity.
Inclusion on the board agenda
Boards can learn from Greg Clarke's resignation from the FA and ask themselves whether inclusion and antiracism are truly on their organisational agenda.
New kid on the block
Much is made of diversity as a source of better thinking on boards. Not enough is made of the value of a new kid on the block.
Experience is unhelpful
In shaping the post-Covid world, experience may be less relevant than resilience, creativity, empathy, perspective, and the ability to connect dots.
Four For Friday (40)
Women as CEOs, digital native children as designers of the world being eaten by software, work and AI, and ok, since we are all remote-working thanks to coronavirus, a reflection on the loneliness it may precipitate for some and some excellent hacks for getting it right all feature in this week's picks.
Mistakes startups make when building boards
Startup founders make some common mistakes when they seek to build boards and good governance for their companies. They are preventable and fixable.