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Corporate Governance -> Smart List

A curated Smart List to inform + guide Corporate Governance Renewal beyond best practice

Force Majeure Clauses & Frustration: Why the COVID-19 Pandemic is a Wake-Up Call

How confident are you that your existing or contemplated contracts will be enforceable in light of unexpected events such as the COVID-19 pandemic? This article is a timely deep dive into the history and development of the common law precedents guiding interpretation and enforceability of force majeure clauses.

After-action review

An after action review (AAR) is a structured review or de-brief (debriefing) process for analyzing what happened, why it happened, and how it can be done better by the participants and those responsible for the project or event. After-action reviews in the formal sense were originally developed by the U.S. Army. Formal AARs are used by all US military services and by many other non-US organizations. Their use has extended to business as a knowledge management tool and a way to build a culture of accountability.


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Adam Grant: Are you a giver or a taker?

In every workplace, there are three basic kinds of people: givers, takers and matchers. Organizational psychologist Adam Grant breaks down these personalities and offers simple strategies to promote a culture of generosity and keep self-serving employees from taking more than their share.

Charting Your Company’s Future - HBR (Harvard Business Review)

Most strategic planning involves preparing dense documents filled with numbers and jargon. But building the process around a picture yields much better results.


Enterprise Artistry -> Smart List

Inspired by the term Enterprise Artistry coined by Mykel Dixon. In the age of the machine: the key differentiator will be the things that make us uniquely human!

Monthly Newsletter -> Each newsletter presents a case study based on real events together with at least three sample solutions from governance practitioners.

The Director’s Dilemma™ newsletter aims to amplify the power of directors and boards to build better businesses by providing a safe environment for testing their judgement using real-life scenarios. Subscription is free of charge and subscribers are welcome to share the newsletter as a training aid for their own boards. Julie Garland McLellan presents dilemmas as an interactive alternative to conference presentations or prescriptive training. Please contact her to discuss how she can energise, educate and entertain your board or audience.


B Corp -> Smart List

Has your company considered becoming a B Corp?

Are you Board Ready? [includes short quiz]

How, as a prospective director, can you be sure that you really have what it takes to be a board member and are not just dreaming when you plan your board career? This paper includes a short diagnostic to help you to focus your actions on the areas where improvement will lead to the biggest increase in your attractiveness to boards.


Florence Guild -> Smart List [Inspired by the Renaissance city-state]

Est. @ Work Club, the Florence Guild Event Series features our brightest thinkers -> valuable insights to help members [including Blue Ocean Law Group℠ + our clients] thrive in tomorrow’s world.


Solvency challenges -> Smart List

Insolvency, Safe Harbour Provisions, Bankruptcy, Part X - Personal Insolvency Agreement, Part IX - Debt Agreements, etc.


[BOSS]℠ - Blue Ocean Strategic Services

Blue Ocean Law Group offer [BOSS]℠ in addition to traditional legal services

Setting the Tone from the Top: How director conversations shape culture

In Setting the Tone from the Top, Melinda Muth and Bob Selden examine how director conversations shape organisational culture. They show how using appropriate words and language can tap the collective knowledge of the board to improve the working relationships, their collective decision making and ultimately positively impact the behaviour of management.

Whistleblowing Policies

A Whistle Blowing policy is a company statement that protects those individuals from retaliation or repercussion if they bring to attention any negligence or wrong-doing within the company.

Board diversity: would your board benefit from having a lawyer-director?

Maha Chaar MAICD Senior Associate Tottle Partners, Lawyers Member since 2015 For quite some time, the legal profession has debated whether lawyers should be appointed as company directors...

Die Another Day: What Leaders Can Do About the Shrinking Life Expectancy of Corporations

Public companies in the US have a one-in-three chance of not surviving the next five years. What can CEOs do to drive both performance and longevity?

Can a company live forever?

The past few years have seen previously unthinkable corporate behemoths - from Lehman Brothers to Saab - felled by economic turmoil or by unforgiving customers and tough rivals.

Linking board structure, composition and organisational culture

Research highlights ways in which boards can improve their practices and processes beyond compliance with regulatory instruments Professor Guy Ford, Associate Professor James Rooney and Louise Pocock 20 July 2018

Robert Ian Tricker - Wikipedia

I have always regarded Bob Tricker as the Father of Corporate Governance since his 1984 book introduced me to the words corporate governance. --Sir Adrian Cadbury,author of the first corporate governance code (UK, 1992)

Hatched: For purposeful business

Hatched builds and transforms business for impact. We design and create businesses that use their power to do good.

Directors, can you identify the telltale markers of poor governance?

HSBC chair Graham Bradley AM FAICD on APRA's Prudential Report into Commonwealth Bank's misconduct and the implications for financial institution directors.

ASX companies will soon face a raft of new rules on behaviour, culture and pay

The ASX is moving to strengthen governance rules to ensure companies and their boards and senior executives act in a lawful, ethical and socially responsible way.

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French, Justice Robert --- The culture of compliance - a judicial perspective (FCA) [2003] FedJSchol 16

Introduction The term ‘culture of compliance’ for some may be evocative of the bland horrors of the suburb of Stepford in the 1975 film ‘The Stepford Wives’. In that film, which is this year being remade as a black comedy starring Nicole Kidman, all the town’s women were replaced by passive female robots each subservient to her husband’s every wish and whim. This paper considers the idea of a...

Corporations and the criminal code

Ever since the death of Julius Caesar, people have been warned to “beware the Ides of March”. Corporations might be advised to pay special heed to this warning in the year 2000 as 15 March is the nominated date on which provisions in the Commonwealth's Criminal Code Act (1995) – affecting the criminal liability of corporations under Commonwealth law – will come into effect.

Corporate Governance
Director's Dilemma
B Corp
Florence Guild
Risk Management
Blue Ocean Strategy
Tone from the top
Royal Commission
Tricker Model
Duty of Care
Corporate Culture