Reavis is an American with two decades of experience working in Europe; she has worked in senior positions and held Managing Directorships for large concerns including the UN and a financial institution.

What kind of society do we want

What kind of society do we want?

California’s new labor regulation law has implications far wider than its stated goals (to give gig economy workers more stability and economic security). On the downside, if left unchanged, it will most likely hasten the death of some traditional industries that we appreciate and/or which still play an important role in society (such as local…

Why War for Talent is so relevant

Why the War for Talent is so relevant to risk management

Howard Schmidt (name changed to protect privacy), a software engineer in a leading machine-building company in Europe, realized that something was terribly wrong. The computers he and his colleagues used to write the software and firmware on which the company machines relied were suddenly closing down, and there seemed to be no way to restart…

Note to The Business Roundtable: Effective Corporate Governance requires more than nice words!!

On August 19, the Business Roundtable issued a new definition of the purpose of a corporation, signed by 181 CEOs of leading American corporations. This new definition widens the responsibility of a corporation from simply focusing on creating shareholder value, to include delivering value to customers, investing in employees, dealing fairly and ethically with suppliers…

In the age of social media, clear ethical positions must be part of brand management

In the age of social media, clear ethical positions can make or break a company’s reputation, + should be considered part of brand management. In the past, many companies posted general visions, which also included some basic ethical rules, but didn’t always worry too hard about seeing them implemented at all levels. Today, when a…

A true leader snatches the opportunity from every setback and concentrates on learning from challenges, not complaining about life.

One real test of leadership is how people respond to failure or setback. A true leader doesn’t waste time complaining about everything that everyone else has done or not done or blaming circumstances and people for a failure. He or she takes personal responsibility for their own situation. And steps back, assesses what can be…

In today’s global world, multiple dimensions of culture affect performance; these include country, company, professional and age cultures.

The most obvious reason for a misunderstanding with a colleague or business contact from another country is that the cultural norms in his/her country are different from those in one’s own. However, this is merely the tip of the iceberg. In fact, culture manifests itself in very different ways. Company culture has almost as much…