The new issue of Director magazine is out now. Editor Chris Maxwell previews what’s inside the June edition, which is ready to download now to Android, iPad and mobile, and sent in print to IoD members
A friend recently shared with me a TED talk by Charity Wayua, a Kenyan cancer researcher who had resolved to focus her expertise on an unlikely patient: her country’s government – and a system that had been stifling healthy business growth.
“Together we started to implement changes that impacted the service delivery of our country,” Wayua said of work that helped Kenya to climb from 136 to 92 on the World Bank’s “Ease of doing business” index in only two years.
It stands as a remarkable example of how an enterprising individual can bring their skills to bear and drive change at government level. And, as the UK heads to the polls for another seismic decision this month, it’s one that feels timely.
Indeed, influencing change for the good of business is a theme in this issue. The IoD’s chairman, Lady Barbara Judge, urges CEOs to be vocal about their needs before the election , while its head of Europe and trade policy, Allie Renison, stresses the urgency with which UK plc’s requirements must become an integral part of Brexit negotiations. On an operational level, meanwhile, IoD member Campbell Macpherson offers advice on ensuring that the next big change initiative in your firm isn’t one of the 88 per cent that fail. And on Philip Greenish, CEO of the Royal Academy of Engineering, explains how companies can play an active role in closing the nation’s skills gap.
There’s also change this month in the editor’s chair at Director. I first came to the IoD as a journalist in 2011 and, on my first day, interviewed two very different members, both of whom had started businesses from their kitchen tables that had grown to employ hundreds. At the time, both were working with the IoD and government on a range of projects aimed at facilitating the growth of SMEs.
I’ve since met countless similarly inspirational entrepreneurs and, after five years as deputy, I’m looking forward to meeting even more of you, sharing more of your stories, and linking you with the IoD teams that can assist in turning your next brilliant idea into a reality. Please share your experiences and tell us what you really think of Director, so that we can continue to evolve it to meet your needs.
I hope you enjoy the issue.
What’s inside this month’s Director magazine?