What Have You Forgotten?

Let me ask you a few questions about your day:

  • How many meetings and telephone calls did you have?
  • How many items on your todo list did you complete?
  • How many times were you interrupted?
  • How many times did you take a break?
  • How long did take for lunch?
  • How much thinking and planning did you get done?

So did you have a good day?

I suspect not.

Now let me ask you another question – what’s the one resource we cannot buy?

Think about that for a moment. We can buy people – we hire them. We can buy machinery, raw materials, stationery etc. In fact we can buy everything we need to do anything. Or can we?

What’s the one thing nobody can buy but everybody uses?

TIME

So don’t waste it.

What Makes an Effective Chairman of the Board?

I was chatting recently with Dermot Hill of Intramezzo who posed this question. Given my experience as a Chairman and my love of this role, it set me thinking. Note that I’m going to use the word “Chairman” in a non-gender specific context in this article.

Companies appoint a Chairman for a variety of reasons. If they are about to float, or are seeking external investment, they may pick someone who is acceptable to the “money men” and who has contacts in that arena rather than going for someone who can add real value to the companies proposition. But I suspect Continue reading