governance

Helen Pitcher: Is it time to blow up HR and build something new?

Helen Pitcher: Is it time to blow up HR and build something new?

By Helen Pitcher for HR Magazine

The Harvard Business Review (HBR) articles raise some good analysis of HR – even if collected under an incendiary title

The first article recognises that the Europe/UK context is different to the US and is undergoing a ‘paradigm shift’ at board level, with the board taking greater governance responsibility for key areas of the HR agenda that goes beyond the usual “people are our most important asset” statement.

As the HBR articles suggest, recognising the fundamental business context of companies is important and provides the backdrop for analysing the potential role HR can play in an organisation at any point in time.

Board responsibility – ‘a difficult balancing act’

Board responsibility – ‘a difficult balancing act’

Published in Governance, August 2015 Issue 254

A new Report looks at the increasing demands and pressures on non-execs, considers whether too much is expected from them and looks at increasing problems recruiting non-execs into the financial services sector.

Non-Executive roles great, but in Financial Services? “No thanks”

Non-Executive roles great, but in Financial Services? “No thanks”

New research suggests that ‘regulation creep’ is deterring NEDs looking at roles in Financial Services

Incoming regulations designed to make company boards more accountable for corporate failings could have a dramatic and damaging effect on the diversity on Britain’s biggest financial services businesses and the way their Boards are run, according to a new report.

Advanced Boardroom Excellence, a leading board effectiveness consultancy, and Tyzack Partners, the international executive search firm, are highlighting that the financial services sector could be in for a shock when it comes to recruiting new blood from 2016 onwards. 

The report, entitled ‘Walking the Tightrope of Board Responsibility – a Difficult Balancing Act’, suggests that the introduction of the ‘Senior Managers’ Regime’ next year could act as a deterrent to and lead to a narrowing of experienced and capable business people considering non-executive directorships at leading financial services companies.  

The Board's Strategic Succession Imperative

The Board's Strategic Succession Imperative

An article by Advanced Boardroom Excellence for Governance

First published by Governance, May 2014, Issue 239

Helen Pitcher argues that succession planning needs to be broader than simply board level appointments and should include identifying the talent pipeline within.

'… succession needs a 20-year horizon not the limited three- to five-year horizon that spans a typical CEO’s tenure. Interestingly, organisations that have focused in depth on such matters have had long-standing CEO’s, stellar performance and a clear and deeper focus on their talent, providing both formal development, stretch assignments and exposure to the board.'

Who Evaluates the Evaluators?

Who Evaluates the Evaluators?

An article by Advanced Boardroom Excellence for Governance

Helen Pitcher looks at the emergence of the external independent board evaluation market and a new draft Code of Conduct for the industry.

'Recognising true board effectiveness is not just a matter of governance, important though that is, but of addressing boardroom behaviour at an individual and collective level.'