Author Archives: Darren Bond

Agenda Participation

I’ve written posts on managing agendas. That’s all pretty fundamental. But there’s a whole other side to this. There’s a role for everyone attending the meeting to participate – not too much, not too little. I think it’s fair to say, … Continue reading

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Engagement – again?

I’m getting tired of reading articles proudly exclaiming the importance of engagement (emotional involvement or commitment, Merriam-Webster). Don’t get me wrong – I’m all for it. But let’s stop with the intellectual tourism and get on with it. Part of the … Continue reading

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Boards, Strategy, Agenda

An interesting article this month in McKinsey Quarterly, “High-performing boards: What’s on their agenda?” The premise is that Directors report that they have a greater impact as they move beyond the basics. This rather goes without saying (no shit, Sherlock), … Continue reading

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Bosses?

There was an interesting article in the New York Times “Magazine” section called, Who Needs a Boss? It’s worth checking out. One premise is that there are different kinds of organizations in terms of needing “high-priced” help. If you’re in … Continue reading

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Execution needs momentum

It’s, umm, easy to come up with a great strategy and declare to the people: make it so. After the martinis have been drained, there’s still the issue of putting your money where your mouth is; that would be resources: … Continue reading

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A Raise for the CEO?

You might have read this: the CEO of JPMorgan, Jamie Dimon, is going to be compensated $20 million in 2013, a 74 per cent raise. It was, as the New York Times wrote, a year in which the bank narrowly … Continue reading

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How much should a CEO be paid?

It’s a bit like asking: How long is a piece of string? There’s nothing quite like talking about compensation to put people into a bad mood. It can seem boring and sterile, but when you think of the role it … Continue reading

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Bonus time?

It’s December and the end of the year is close. Leaders start thinking about their year-end financial results. Are we in the red or the black? One of the key topics that will come up involves employee compensation, be it … Continue reading

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Whatever… However…

I think we’re all familiar with teenagers who roll their eyes and say “whatever…” when they think you’ve said something totally irrelevant. In the grown-up world much the same thing happens, but it might better be spoken as “however…” Let … Continue reading

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Outcome, Process, People

It’s quite fascinating to read the news and see story after story that follows much the same arc: A group is furious about the outcome of some decision and as a result spares no effort in blaming the process that … Continue reading

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