Don't be surprised if somebody hands you a completely blank business card. They probably work for a 'stealth company' that keeps its activities secret from almost everybody. Armed with a new technology that expands the utility of e-mail, dot.com start-up Zaplets feared potential copycats, so it went 'into stealth'. The name, which might have made web-watchers inquisitive, was changed to the meaningless FireDrop. Job applicants had no idea of FireDrop's purpose - only that it was internet-linked - until they signed a tough non-disclosure agreement on hiring. FireDrop even deliberately took new offices that weren't on any map. Oddly enough, it had a web site. But don't worry; that contained no contact or other useful information - just like those of some major UK companies. Are they in stealth too?
After a management buyout, car valet business MotorClean found private equity backing a double edged sword.
Whether that's a good thing is up to you, says author Steven van Bellegham.
Leadership from a distance requires a careful study of human nature, says L&D specialist Sudhakar Sampath.
Set up shop and they shall come? Not so fast, says private equity investor Chris Hurley.
Moving office? Restructuring? New IT system? Change needn't be painful if it's managed well.
Finding time, living fearlessly and leading at speed are on this month's boardroom reading list.