Developing a rounded understanding of the business with which he will be working or the underlying reasons for a given disagreement
What are the realistic possibilities for change? More effective decision making, reduction in interpersonal friction, sharper strategic focus?
Building a relationship of understanding, trust and confidence with key stakeholders
Chris’s Board Effectiveness methodology involves:
Recent clients include The BBC, Barratt Developments, CRH, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Rentokil Initial and Travis Perkins.
In providing private advice to Chairs and directors his approach is to listen carefully to the challenges being faced and to offer ideas for solutions, building upon his experience of the business world. He aims to be supportive but also looks to be a Devil’s Advocate when appropriate. The obvious or easy solution may not be the best solution.
Here, and as a moderator of differences, he has a particular interest in finding consensus and helping parties seek a balance between defending their stance and genuinely understanding the other view. He is an accredited mediator and a strong advocate for the merits of mediation – which so often saves parties the costs, distraction and anguish involved in litigation.
In relation to Law firm strategy, Chris draws upon his experiences as a law firm manager but has also been keen observer of the legal world since he retired from Slaughter and May. During that period he has worked with numerous law firms in a range of jurisdictions on strategy and practice development. He travels widely and is a regular speaker on the opportunities and challenges facing law firms.