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The Leeson Lesson: focus on character, not commission

“There is no silver bullet to protect against people like me” said Nick Leeson in our recent conversation.  This inadvertently confirmed one of my key observations: the biggest risk organisations face is when people inside the firm act in ways that can sink the strategy, sink the financials, and even sink the firm. “Blind trustContinue Reading

Marty Holleran “a moral compass second to none”

When I was in New York recently I had the great pleasure of meeting with Marty Holleran, a senior GE executive during the Jack Welch era. We talked about moral courage, moral leadership, and how he had resolved moral dilemmas. Over a couple of hours together Marty enthralled me with stories from a long andContinue Reading

How have you resolved moral dilemmas?

In a presentation to Directors at the recent NACD conference in Washington I suggested this was a crucial question they needed to ask their CEOs and management. A key priority for Boards is appointing a CEO, and so considerable focus is placed on their technical competence. Much time and effort is expended to ensure theContinue Reading

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