Editor Lysanne Currie previews the brand new issue of Director magazine which features an exclusive interview with new incoming IoD director general Stephen Martin. The December/January edition is being posted to IoD members and subscribers, and is available to download on Android and iPad now
A quote by the great American novelist and Princeton professor Toni Morrison did the rounds on social media twice this year: once after the EU referendum and again after the US election.
As the world reeled from the shock results, she said: “This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilisations heal.”
This is also when ethical, courageous business leaders go to work – the impact they can make on a divided society is immense. And this issue we celebrate those of you who have spent their careers making this difference, the winners of our Director of the Year Awards – discover their inspirations, success secrets and views on Brexit on p76.
This new year we see a change of our own at the IoD. As I write, the outgoing director general, Simon Walker, is on Radio 4’s Today programme lambasting the governance of Sports Direct. During his tenure he has spoken out against bad governance and passionately championed good business – on p22 he looks back on an eventful five years. His successor, this month’s cover star, former Clugston Group CEO Stephen Martin, is poised to continue Simon’s fantastic work – read more about his journey to the top on p26.
Finally, I write three days after an impressive Ruth Davidson gave the IoD’s annual Rhondda lecture. She appealed directly to the UK business community to help bring unity, “for Remainers to accept that Leavers are not racist for having concerns about the EU and our system of immigration, and for Leavers to accept that the 48 per cent of those who voted to remain must be heard”. And in a world of echo chambers where we now actively have to remember to seek out balanced news, she added, “the process of listening is utterly vital”. It’s good advice.
From all of us at Director – a very happy Christmas and a healthy and successful new year. Stay curious.
See you in 2017.
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