Magazine article Management Today

Brain Food: Speaking out - Sir Derek Higgs, Chairman, Alliance & Leicester

Magazine article Management Today

Brain Food: Speaking out - Sir Derek Higgs, Chairman, Alliance & Leicester

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He seems a nice guy, but Sir Derek Higgs is the most irritating speaker I've ever watched. He gave the keynote speech to the London Human Resource Group - HR professionals gathered for 'Comply and Prosper', a seminar about managing the people risk associated with compliance regulation. Who better than Sir Derek to kick things off? Appointed by the Chancellor in 2002 to look into corporate governance, he wrote the Higgs Code, which has helped to prise excess non-executive appointments out the hands of the few.

Thus his opener, 'I'm not sure why I'm here', was misplaced. We all knew why. Then, after a joke about an Englishman, a Frenchman and a German, he meandered into his subject, 'Why prudent governance makes business sense', and went on like a lazy river into the hinterland of his experience.

This speech was devoid of preparation, with more 'ers and ums' than a first-time cable TV presenter. 'It's all about good management, really. …

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