Good to hear The Pope speak of business as a “noble vocation” and the need to…

…unleash “free enterprise” to serve the common good. This is a far cry from what I heard growing up in Ireland in the 60’s and in the UK since I “migrated” here in 1989. The Catholic Church in the UK has seemed obsessed with “bedroom issues”. Some of these I’m sure have needed attention and it has, to its credit, been proactive on encouraging improvement in behaviour post crash. But I’ve never had the impression that the Church feels that business is “good” and that it has the same energy for understanding day to day trade as it does for speaking out on sexual morality. Perhaps it does but doesn’t know how to communicate it. Whatever the reason, perhaps it will now listen to the “boss” and give all of those in business the encouragement they need to create the cash and jobs without which there will be no common good. Leading and running businesses ain’t easy. 

Ciaran

A #GCCEOForum is my answer to Observer editorial query on best approach to avoid repeat of #VWgate…

…because in it’s  Editorial The Observer acknowledges that there are “no easy solutions. There is consensus that regulators need to focus more on firm cultures, but little understanding about what an effective approach might look like.” I believe CEOs set cultures. And General Counsel can help them get it right. But if the relationship between the CEO and the GC is not close, risks increase. The quality of the GC-CEO relationship should be formally on the risk registers of organisations. I have recently launched the #GCCEO Forum to create a forum for pairs of GCs and CEOs to meet to discuss how best to work together. Early responses are been encouraging, if a bit cautious. Which proves the point. 

Ciaran 
 

Great to hear about The Smart Clinics from Gerard Barnes at Fenton’s List breakfast…

…earlier this week. The Smart Clinics is a group of Medical Clinics in Central London founded on the principle that “prevention is better than cure”. Gerard Barnes is a Member of Fenton’s List which is a network of contacts and clients of mine who help each other to achive business, leadership and career needs by being explicit about those needs in a trustful environment. 

Ciaran