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Tuesday, 26 January 2010, 12:00AM
Barnard's Inn Hall

Confessions of a Regulatory Headhunter: How we led ourselves into financial crisis

Douglas Board

Did the boom in the 'leadership market' (books, courses and organisational practice) help cause the global financial crisis? Is a simplistic focus on remuneration/incentives - with some attention displaced onto 'governance' and 'regulation' (second- and third- order attempts to correct dysfunctional leadership) - concealing something from us? This lecture will suggest that the gulf between contemporary human studies and economics is still too wide: common attitudes towards leadership are already contributing to the next crisis.

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Dr Douglas Board specialises in career change and leadership coaching, and is the founder of Maslow’s Attic Ltd (maslowsattic.com). He is a senior visiting fellow at Cass Business School. After receiving degrees from Cambridge and Harvard, Douglas worked as a fast-stream civil servant in the UK Treasury and then for 18 years as a headhunter, becoming deputy chairman of a 50 person London firm. Since then he gained a doctorate in management and writes from time to time for the FT on leadership, careers and selection. His book ‘Choosing Leaders and Choosing to Lead: Science, Politics and Intuition in Executive Selection’ was published in 2012 by Gower, and is co-writing with Rob Warwick a book on leadership and knowledge to be published in 2013. From 2007 to 2012 he was chair of the Refugee Council, Britain’s largest refugee and asylum charity.

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26 January 2010

Confessions of a Regulatory Headhunter: How we led ourselves into financial crisis
Douglas Board

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