What Founders Need To Know About Boards Well Before They Have One

By |2020-09-10T11:35:11+01:00September 10th, 2020|The Board Today, Governance Theory, Longer Articles|

One of the most interesting things about speaking, as of now, to over 100 unlisted Board folk is how important ones initial frame of mind is to so many things that one meets on the journey of growth from idea to substantive company. As we discussed in “Prometheus the Muses and the Startup” your whole enterprise grows from a single creative seed which arises

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

Vital To Know For Founders – Your Board Is What You Make It – For Better Or For Worse

By |2020-08-27T12:14:10+01:00August 27th, 2020|The Board Today, Realpolitik Extracts, Governance Theory, Longer Articles|

There are two vital lessons to take-away from by now conversation with 100 entrepreneurs, Chairman, NEDs and Capital Providers about their experience of Boards. (1) the Board can be an Engine of Growth and (2) you the founder either get what you design or what someone else designs for you - your choice! Extract from Chapter 1 of Realpolitik “Eight Essential Aspects Of Small Company Boards” Essence 5

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

What Serial Entrepreneurs Know About The SmallCo Board That First-Time Founders Don’t

By |2020-08-21T08:54:27+01:00July 20th, 2020|The Board Today, Governance Theory, Longer Articles|

There is one mistake that is so common that it is near ubiquitous amongst the inexperienced first-time Founder when it comes to their company’s Board. Over the past six years I have podcasted with getting on for 150 founders and over the past two and a half years, in the course of writing "The Realpolitik Of The Unlisted Company Board" interviewed over eighty

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