Kerridge & Partners Blog

Peter Kerridge
Diversity on boards has been the subject of much debate and, thankfully, action in recent years. Diversity is important. Diverse groups of people make better decisions. They have fewer blind spots and are less prone to groupthink. The focus has been strongly on gender and, to a lesser extent,
Peter Kerridge
A recent conversation with a senior director prompted this article. A board he serves on has a very busy Chair. Not uncommon. The challenge for the CEO of the business is that the Chair is never around to take a call and fails to call back when requested. The effect is that the CEO uses another
Paul Yan
Kerridge & Partners 2018 Leadership Conference opened with an address by Dr. Fons Trompenaars, the founder of THT and world-renowned business and culture consultant. Having spent 30 years helping Fortune 500 leaders to tackle their cultural issues, Fons questioned the audience on what dilemmas are
Peter Kerridge
In a recent article in the New Zealand Herald, Fran O'Sullivan rightly questions whether boards are starstruck by potential chief executive hires from overseas. Our view is that boards could well be starstruck, however, this is a subset of a bigger issue. Boards Lack Skills in Appointing CEOs. Make
Peter Kerridge
The IOD recently suggest top issues for directors Culture and conduct Climate change Future of Work Mental health in the workplace and Compliance that matters. We find it hard to disagree with any of these. But we’d also like to improve them, in the spirit of building on a good idea! Our picks for
Paul Yan
Aotearoa has a rich history of innovators and expert navigators, many of who m have sailed waka across turbulent tides and currents of change – indeed, demi-god Māui himself was a prolific innovator and problem-solver who used his powerful hook to catch the fish that became the North Island ( Te Ika
Paul Yan
The Banking Commission's work in Australia makes for fascinating reading. Seemingly a systemic failure, characterised by Boards of Directors who seem a long, long way away from what is actually going on in their organisations. Culture is so important. In most organisations it's a core competitive
Paul Yan
There has never been a better time to make a difference, but what can businesses do to be more sustainable?” asks Jan Zijderveld, President of Unilever Europe. Zijderveld has been credited with re-energising the 53bn Euro ($93bn) conglomerate’s business in Europe, driven by a strong conviction that
Renisa Maki
Kerridge & Partners held their second annual Leadership Conference on 3rd November, furthering our vision of ‘transforming the leadership landscape’ by discussing themes of sustainability, profitability and values-based leadership. The overarching threads of people, planet and profit were woven into
Peter Kerridge
Director appointments are fascinating. It is often very hard for a group of directors (especially in a New Zealand environment where relationships and likability are so important) to appoint individuals who feel "different" and perhaps less likeable. Perhaps it is our instinctive human nature that
Michelle Gallagher
“Land was the raw material of the agricultural age. Iron was the raw material of the industrial age. Data is the raw material of the information age.” - Alec Ross, futurist and bestselling author Kevin Wheeler, founder and Chairman of the Future of Talent Institute, shared Alec Ross’ quote with a
Peter Kerridge
In an ideal world, leadership development programmes internally would serve up a range of succession potential for a departing senior executive. Those individuals would work through a robust process either facilitated internally or externally and then be anointed into a new role. The reality of the