A simple article here, but with a good core message. In challenging times, the differnece between success and failure is the people around you. In today's VUCA world, boards and ExCos need trust. There's some good tips here in how to help create it but fundamentally it's a values fit (you need to identify that in your top team), good conversations (including conflict and challenge) and frequent feedback (both positive and negative, given and accepted freely) so you know you're all on track. Get the fundamental behaviours right and the activity becomes much easier to navigate.
In a relationship as critical as the one at the top, how do you create open lines of communication, respect differences and grow the business together? If we take Sheryl and Mark as the model, it boils down to three things: carve out time to communicate, prioritize the relationship and find a partner who shares your values. As with any healthy relationship, open communication is key according to Sheryl. Despite their well-documented differences – from their backgrounds to their working styles and even clothing (she dresses up; he’s usually found in a hoodie) – Sheryl and Mark both believe in open communication. For them, that means 1:1s at the beginning and end of every week.