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Henri Eliot

Henri Eliot

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Henri Eliot is chief executive of Board Dynamics, a consultancy, which provides strategic advice to directors and boards throughout New Zealand and Australia.

Boardroom

Joining any board is an important decision. Without sufficient investigation of the company, industry and people involved, many directors accept these opportunities without sufficient reflection on the possible financial and reputational risks.

Boards

“Risk management” is often synonymous with “risk prevention.” Lower risk often means lower returns for those invested in the share market or managing a start up. Today’s risk managers often see their role as helping the company identify and clarify their risk appetite then communicate it across the oraganisation to guide decision making. What role does the board play here?

Boards

Over the years, I have personally witnessed some very unproductive board meetings that waste director’s time, management’s time and shareholders’ money. Company director productivity will continue to be a relevant topic with increased workloads, compliance issues becoming more complex and a greater focus on risk management.

Boardroom

A board whose directors are constantly bickering will not function effectively, but neither will one that never questions decisions. Rigorous debate or “creative tension” is an accepted part of the process in sound decision-making but the nature of any debate depends on the personalities within the group, the board dynamics and how well they are managed.

Economy

Henri Eliot talks to Rob Campbell, former trade unionist now chair of NZX-listed Summerset Group, Tourism Holdings and P2P lender Harmoney, about economic bubbles – what they are, how do they happen, and are we in one right now?