According to a recent FT article, the founder of one of the world's biggest computer companies is a man obsessed: mention of the word 'process' brings a fanatical gleam to Michael Dell's eye. Sadly, the same word will often induce the gentle closing of everyone else's eyes. 'Process' - literally a 'going forward' - has a real meaning in manufacturing. Elsewhere in business it is self-aggrandising flannel, in which 'management' becomes 'the management process' and 'plain speaking' ... well, that never happens.
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.