The Uncultured Board

By |2020-11-19T15:21:29+00:00November 19th, 2020|The Board Today, Broken Boards, Realpolitik Extracts, Governance Theory, Short Articles|

[Extract from Chapter 9 of Realpolitik "Fixing Broken Boards] “My hot tip? Mentor the Board – ensure that everyone is on the same page.” [Experienced CEO/entrepreneur] Only in the later stages of growth with an IPO in mind does the whole There Is Only One True Path For Your Board thing start impacting your poetry. Before that you have freedom. Use it while it lasts! Have

The Entrepreneurial Board – Poetry Regardless Of Metre (LLPs, LLCs, Corporations, Ltds, PLCs et al)

By |2020-11-05T12:18:04+00:00November 5th, 2020|The Board Today, Governance Theory, Short Articles|

As I noted in a prior blog: “You an have LLCs or Corporations, Listed and Unlisteds, Limited Liabilities and Partnerships, Limited Liability Partnerships. In France a quick Google tells me you can have SARLs, EURLs, SELARLs, SAs, SASs, SNCs. The list goes on and on. Spend too much time looking at it and you start thinking that maybe it's time for the Good

Business Regulation in 1000AD

By |2020-10-29T17:24:02+00:00October 29th, 2020|Realpolitik Extracts, Governance History, Governance Theory, Short Articles|

In previous posts we have looked at how Business Regulation worked 4,000 years ago and how the first English Companies were governed nigh on 500 years ago. This week we land in the middle with a look at how business regulation worked a thousand years ago. Mind you even recent copies of the core text will cost you £198 right now. So maybe

The Sole-Trader, Indie, Micro-Business Doesn’t Need A Board. But What Does It Need?

By |2020-10-02T08:11:31+01:00October 2nd, 2020|Governance History, Governance Theory, Short Articles|

Of the millions of small businesses in the UK the vast majority are not “businesses” per se but “company-wrappers” for individuals, sole-traders - be it butchers, bakers, candle-stick-makers or modern “consultants” - where in effect over a couple of decades MegaCos have got round the complex employment benefits and protection rights by reducing staff and then hiring countless “consultants” who don’t benefit from

A Very Short Overview of Business and Regulation 4,000 Years Ago

By |2020-09-24T16:55:06+01:00September 17th, 2020|Realpolitik Extracts, Governance History, Governance Theory, Short Articles|

The origins of business as we know it are deep as is the regulation that always surrounded business (though in successful societies never smothered it as it is beginning to do today). Two short extracts from Realpolitik, where the topic is covered in more depth on the ancient history of business and the jelly mould - regulation (today internal = Board, external = zillion

Startup and ScaleUp Boards Are CEO-centric Not Chairman-centric

By |2020-09-08T11:35:31+01:00September 4th, 2020|The Board Today, Realpolitik Extracts, Governance Theory, Short Articles|

Extract from Chapter 1 of Realpolitik “Eight Essential Aspects Of Small Company Boards” Essence 6 – SmallCo Boards Are CEO-centric Not Chairman-centric  A further substantive difference between SmallCo and BigCo Boards is that SmallCos are founder/CEO-centric whereas BigCo Boards are Chairman-centric. BigCos easily survive changes of CEO, however, until they have quite some momentum, SmallCos do not readily survive the departure of the founder. Power in BigCo

Children Are Not Small Adults – The SmallCo Board Is Not A Small BigCo Board

By |2020-08-21T11:02:34+01:00August 21st, 2020|The Board Today, Realpolitik Extracts, Governance Theory, Short Articles|

Extract from Chapter 1 of Realpolitik “Eight Essential Aspects Of Small Company Boards” Essence 2 – The SmallCo Board Is Not A Small BigCo Board That Companies change over time is so apparent that it barely merits mentioning. However, its corollary – that the Board needs actively managing – can all too often be neglected. At inception when the Muse drops an idea into your mind you

Boards As Cauldrons Of Emotion: Power! Betrayal! Plotting! Deceit!

By |2020-08-21T08:41:09+01:00August 14th, 2020|The Board Today, Realpolitik Extracts, Governance Theory, Short Articles|

Extract from Chapter 1 of Realpolitik “Eight Essential Aspects Of Small Company Boards” Essence 7 – Cauldrons Of Emotion: Power! Betrayal! Plotting! Deceit! “On one Board a lifelong friend stabbed me in the back.” Boards are comprised of people not robots. This needs emphasising as Board-inexperienced folk can have far too much of a “bloodless” legal/regulatory concept of the Board. If the reality – that one side of

The Early Stage Startup Is A No Bread Sandwich And Why It Needs Bread

By |2020-08-21T08:41:16+01:00August 7th, 2020|The Board Today, Governance Theory, Short Articles|

You can if you really want make a no-bread sandwich - you can fool yourself, as in the picture above that two slices of cucumber can make a sandwich or cheat with an approximation like rice paper wraps - but then you end up with a spring roll. They can be great but they are not sandwiches are they?As we covered in last week’s

Prometheus the Muses and the Startup

By |2020-08-27T10:50:30+01:00July 29th, 2020|The Board Today, Realpolitik Extracts, Governance Theory, Short Articles|

Extract from Chapter 1 of Realpolitik “Eight Essential Aspects Of Small Company Boards”Essence 1 – The Top Priority Is Growth And A Good Board Helps You To GrowStarting up is an act of creation that needs nourishing, it needs nurturing, it needs growth and feeding without which it will die. Regardless of which economic sector you are in, which country you are in, it all starts

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