Good to see Professor Sir Roland Smith, that great survivor of the corporate jungle, rearing his head again at the CBI conference in Bournemouth. Fresh from his bruising battle at Britain's biggest manufacturer, British Aerospace, the "Prof" was surely the ideal candidate to open the debate on manufacturing. Yet mention of the company never passed his lips. There were plenty of footballing metaphors (the team spirit, dribbling, passing, getting the ball in the net and so forth), reflecting his role as chairman of Manchester United, but nothing about being sent off.
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.