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Contributing Writer, and Host, In the Boardroom with Lucy Marcus — BBC, Reuters
Covers:  corporate govenance, business, boards, ethics, leadership

CEO, non-exec board director; BBC columnist & Host of Reuters' “In the Boardroom with Lucy Marcus” IE Biz School Prof of Leadership & Governance

Lucy P. Marcus's Biography

Lucy P. Marcus is a board chair and non-executive director who is challenging conventional wisdom inside and outside the board room. She has emerged as a strong voice setting the agenda on future proofing boardrooms and companies around the world, and was recently recognised with the Thinkers 50 “Future Thinkers” Award and was ranked 19th on the Reuters & Klout 50 list of “Most Influential Execs on the Web”. The CEO ...

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Shorty Award

2012 - Finance
Finalist for a Shorty Award in Finance

Investing early for happy endings — Public and private investment in the real economy has been under attack since the 2008 financial crisis. Illustration: Jayachandran Public and private investment in the real economy has been under attack since the 2008 financial crisis.

Why early-stage investing works for people and technology — Public and private investment in the real economy has been under attack since the 2008 financial crisis. In difficult economic times, it may seem logical to cut investments that yield results only in the long term, and thereby conserve money and resources to address short-term problems. In fact, cutting investment in our future - be it in people, the planet, political institutions, or business - is deeply irrational.

Why it’s so hard for us - and boards - to plan ahead — Of course, that's easier said than done. With the constant drumbeat and pressures of quarterly reporting, fighting daily fires and meeting short-term targets, it is hard for executives to think beyond the here-and-now. Thinking five years ahead is a real challenge in that context; 10 years feels like an eternity.

Making friends: Boardroom edition — With busy lives and other priorities, many directors just don't take the time. In the last couple of weeks I've done an informal survey of friends and colleagues who sit on boards to see whether they've made a concerted effort to get to know their fellow directors. Surprisingly, a majority said they haven't.

Social Media: Lead or Get Out of the Way — The four do's and four don'ts of social media that I follow. "Do you use Twitter?" It was a simple question I'd asked my seatmate, the chairman of a large multinational retail firm, at a dinner for board directors a couple of years ago. With barely concealed incredulity he replied that he wouldn't dream of it.

Get on board with social media or step aside — I couldn't resist: a couple quick taps on my phone brought up a Twitter search of his company with a huge number of tweets. He was startled. He'd had no idea there was so much going on there. A couple more taps and up came the results of a search on his name.

Secrets of a truly successful board pitch — When the chair finally ended the presentation, we looked at each other in disbelief. We weren't just unsure about the proposal, but also unsure of the person who brought the proposal. I think you can guess how we voted. Don't let this be you.

Le aziende della gente comune — Storia dell'articolo Questo articolo è stato pubblicato il 16 settembre 2014 alle ore 16:53. LONDRA - Si sta verificando oggi un importante cambiamento in relazione a due grandi poteri. Da un lato il potere aziendale sta crescendo rispetto a quello dei governi, dall'altro le persone comuni stanno acquisendo una maggiore influenza.

Les grandes entreprises face à la puissance des media sociaux — Deux évolutions majeures s'opèrent aujourd'hui quant aux rapports de force qui caractérisent notre monde. Tout d'abord, la puissance des grandes entreprises s'accentue par rapport à celle des États. Deuxièmement, les citoyens ordinaires pèsent de plus en plus par leur influence. Comment expliquer que des évolutions a priori aussi contradictoires s'observent simultanément ?

Loose lips and corporate secrets — Have I ever worked with them? Nope. Do I know anyone who works at the company? Not really. I know all this because the person (that I surmised is their chief financial officer) came and sat down in a seat next to me in an airline lounge at the airport in Munich, Germany, and spent the entire time speaking freely, and without moderating his tone about any of it.
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