The new issue of Director magazine – featuring our cover star Sir Ben Ainslie – is out today. In her editor’s letter (written as Director went to press), Lysanne Currie reacts to the Brexit vote and previews what’s this packed July/August edition…
I am writing one week on from the country waking up to the shock news that it had voted to leave the European Union. It has been a week of spectacular chaos, political machinations and unprecedented turmoil. We have a rocky few months ahead, and the result was not one most of you, the UK’s business leaders, wanted (see p57). But we live in a democracy and we can be sure the business community will be resilient, creative and brave.
Tough times demand courageous leadership – not easy when there are so many unknowns. Someone who knows about turning despair into triumph is our cover star, Olympic sailing legend Sir Ben Ainslie. Hear his turnaround strategy secrets and his take on leading both on the water and in the boardroom – click here to read.
Meanwhile, on p50, we go back through the archives for 12 pearls of wisdom from great leaders on tackling adversity. As the dust settles though, some clarity is emerging – as the IoD’s Allie Renison explains, along with steps you can take now, in her brilliant piece “Brexit: what it means for your business” (Click here to read her report now).
She said her business “adamantly opposes any kind of bigotry and remains strongly committed to unity”, adding that “any kind of racism cannot be accepted on these premises”. It saddens me greatly that she felt the need to do this, but it also struck me that the more the business community shouts about values, tolerance and unity, the more likely we are to bring resilience and compassion back. She concluded: “We live in times where people need to live and work together, be kind and respect our differences .” I echo that.
As always I wish you a great summer with time to recharge. I also wish you luck and, as the French would say, courage.
See you in September.
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Sir Ben Ainslie, Brexit and lots more inside the July/August issue