News & Blog

We wholeheartedly believe that better boards via board evaluations bring about more effective and successful organisations. Here are some articles which we think may be of interest to you, and also some of our own blogs. We hope you enjoy reading them!

Barriers to board effectiveness

January 27, 2020

So far in our board fundamentals series, we have briefly looked at ‘what good looks like’ in a Chairperson, the board and a NED.  There are so many topics we can cover and any suggestions that you may have will be welcome.  For us at Greenspire Evaluations, we were prompted to start this offering because…

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What Makes a Good Non-Executive Director (NED)?

January 14, 2020

As the world as we know it is a complex one which keeps changing and evolving and therefore, so must organisations.  The challenges and demands that they face have to reflect those that are experienced day to day by management and employees.  Boards have to be aware of changes to the environment they therefore need…

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Trustees’ Dilemma

November 25, 2019

The recent debate about military charity reserves set us thinking about charitable objectives and when to consider alternative options. Trustees are required to comply with the Trust’s stated charitable objectives and these are invariably carefully formulated and specific. They never refer to mergers with other charities. In general terms and particularly among health charities, there…

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What Makes a Good Board?

November 12, 2019

Whilst answering this question may be relatively simple, and perhaps for many, obvious, it’s still a worthwhile exercise to reflect on what ‘good looks like’ for a board.  The gold standard.  Here are some of our thoughts – basic but no less important, relevant and powerful a reminder.   The purpose of the board of…

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What makes a good Chairperson?

October 28, 2019

In today’s challenging world, very few positions warrant higher expectations, greater scrutiny and more demands than that of a Chairman.  Long gone are the days when the Chairman just had to ensure that there was good governance on the board – which in itself is, and can be tough enough!   Broadly speaking the Chairman…

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The rise of ESG investment into Social Housing and what they can do to prepare for them

October 10, 2019

ESGs – the latest and ongoing buzzword around investment criteria. A recent survey of global investors identified that the majority were predicting that ‘more than 25% of their funds would be allocated towards ESG by 2021’ (BNP Paribas). This increased demand for such investment means that ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) factors and funds are…

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Poor Leadership at Alzheimer’s Society, according to their latest staff survey

October 1, 2019

According to the latest employee engagement survey by the Alzheimer’s Society, some of the findings were as follows: approximately 40% of respondents said that its leadership was ‘out of touch’ only 44% believed that the results of the survey would be acted upon The ‘Workplace Engagement Score’ was at 56% – 4% below the median…

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Case Study: What happens when the CEO ‘goes rogue’?

May 10, 2019

Scene: A board of directors with very different skill sets agree on their vision and objectives for an unlisted SME business.  Their strategy is carefully planned and thought-through where each member of the group feels comfortable enough to speak up with new ideas, fresh perspectives and dissenting views.  The atmosphere is one of positive collaboration,…

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Boards & Communication

May 10, 2019

‘64% of boards had a low or below average impact on a company’s long-term value creation’ (McKinsey)   The main factors cited were flawed strategies and incompetent people in management roles.  Another significant factor was that of poor communication.   If I ask any of you readers to think back to a time of frustration and…

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How Effective Is Your Board?

May 10, 2019

Good governance is vital.  It is for any organization, large or small.  Public, private or third sector. It is needed to help organisations achieve their objectives, improve, as well as behave in an ethical and legal manner – for its employees, other stakeholders, regulators, customers and the wider community. For many, conducting an evaluation is…

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