Deputising in a crisis

Dominic Raab is leading the UK through coronavirus hurdles as the “designated survivor.” With Boris Johnson in intensive care, the foreign secretary is required to run the country during the most significant public health crisis in a generation. This will include chairing Cobra and cabinet meeting for the time being, until Johnson’s health and his…

What Should the Parties of the Centre-Left do Now?

This is not a party political piece. I am writing, as ever, about leadership since there are important leadership lessons here. They apply equally well to organisations, sports teams, political parties and others. In the face of failure, when the circumstances should have led to success, the critical next step is to learn but how…

Myths of Leadership

Myths of Leadership by Jo Owen Now, from my memory, this is the first book review I have written since I had to choose one for my Year 5 English homework. As you may have gathered from that opening sentence alone, I wouldn’t describe myself as much of a book worm. You’ll only ever find…

How to lead in a Crisis

My work with the Royal Marines concludes that it’s irrational to expect people to perform effectively in a crisis if you’ve never trained them on their roles, responsibilities, and resources. Wise CSOs borrow a technique from the army and pre-emptively employ guided practice sessions to prepare their staff, superiors, and stakeholders on who does what,…

Where is the world in the World Cup?

Ahead of the semi-finals this week, Professor Adrian Bell, Head of the ICMA Centre and football finance expert, reflects on the World Cup so far… Don’t get me wrong, I have loved this World Cup, and perhaps for once this is a universal feeling, but there is something missing, and it isn’t the lack of…

Meet Norma, Henley’s IdeaFest 2018 winner

A delicious, innovative and healthy business idea that surprised all of the 6 judges was this year’s IdeaFest winner! Imagine the best brownie you’ve ever had, made out of water, oil, Norma veggie mix and… salad!Yep, you read right, Norma brownies are vegan, have about 50% less calories than a normal brownie (466 calories per…

The toughest foot race on the planet!

The strapline of the Marathon Des Sables (MDS) is that it is ‘the toughest foot race on the planet’. The Discovery Channel described it as such and the words have stuck. The event has always held a sense of awe for me when thinking about the challenge of racing six marathons in six days across…

Why a mid-career MBA?

Career success takes courage and involves taking risks. I had a varied and progressive career but I was ready to leave a management role and invest in myself – as a leader.  I knew I wanted a career transformation and a hunger for a life-altering experience. I wanted to learn how I could add offer more to a business but also impact society in a bigger way.

Discussing the tail-end of Globalisation

Opening Plenary and Debate: “The tail-end of globalisation − Three alternative views” Chair: Davide Castellani Panellists: Italo Colantone, Fabienne Fortanier, Sjoerd Beugelsdijk The 44th AIB (UKI) and 6th Reading Conference opens with an interesting and current debate on the tail-end of globalisation. After the introduction of the three guest panellists (Colantone, Fortanier, and Beugelsdijk), the chair…

Do MNEs contribute to, or reduce, inequality?

Four scholars, with different backgrounds and perspectives, expressed their views about the effects of multinational enterprises (MNEs) on inequality during a panel at the 44th AIB (UKI) and 6th Reading Conference. In his initial intervention, chair Rajneesh Narula (University of Reading) underlined that globalisation has been great for MNEs, but the same may not be…