Is a Powerful CEO Good or Bad for an Organization?

Posted on Feb 26, 2013

There are some risks that the board has to own, assess, and respond as needed. One of those is whether the CEO has too little or too much power. Too little, and the CEO will probably not be effective as a leader. Too much, and there is a danger that the personal interests and influence of the CEO will overwhelm the voices and perhaps the interests of the rest of the executive team, the board, and the investors. 

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IIA in the UK Challenges Boards and Internal Auditors

Posted on Feb 17, 2013

In the U.K., internal auditors are represented by the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors (an institution that is now 60 years old, was granted a Royal Charter in 2010, and is affiliated with the Global Institute of Internal Auditors). A committee, chaired by Roger Marshall and including audit committee chairmen, CAEs, and prominent academics (such as my good friend, Professor Andrew Chambers), has published draft recommendations to the UK Institute (C-IIA) Effective Internal Audit in the Financial Services Sector that are open for comment. Although aimed at financial services, organizations in all industries should take note.

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How Social Intelligence Can Guide Decisions and Improve Performance

Posted on Feb 12, 2013

A report from the consulting firm, McKinsey & Company, shares valuable insights on the topic of “How ‘social intelligence’ can drive decisions." 

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Little Things Can and Will Hurt You

Posted on Feb 5, 2013

Those of you who follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn may have seen some of the terrible customer service experiences I suffered over the last month. This post is not a rant about those companies. It is an opportunity to reflect on the damage such experiences, each of which is a “little thing,” can cause to organizations — and what those organizations need to do. 

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