Welcome to Baxter Neumann Insights, here to help you stay informed, in control and focused. Broaden your knowledge and widen your perspective on the most challenging issues facing organisation leaders. Through our regular communications with business and organisation leaders, we can share our valuable insights into today's leadership challenges, trends and the issues shaping decision-making for the future.

January 12, 2016

The Rise (again) in COO Appointments

Apple has recently appointed Jeff Williams, who led the development of the Apple Watch, to the role of chief operating officer, a position that has been vacant since Tim Cook took over as chief executive in 2011. In 2015 our […]
January 12, 2016

7.5 million reasons to be proud of a financial services organisation at Christmas

By giving away all their revenues and commissions on just one day each year, ICAP (a leading markets operator and provider of post trade risk mitigation and information services) have positively changed the lives of thousands of people less fortunate. […]
January 12, 2016

What got you here, may not get you where you want to be in 2016… plan your next ‘Away Day’

At the end of last year a CEO client requested some help with the design and facilitation of his leadership team ‘Away Day’, to plan for 2016. When I asked the CEO about his purpose, hopes and concerns for the […]
December 29, 2015

Animal Spirits: Team spirit is for losers. Success goes to the egotist

THE politically correct view of people management is that it is mainly about team spirit and co-operation. Meanwhile, the idea that companies are run as dictatorships seems repellent to decent citizens in the 21st century. A recent book, called Ultrasociety: […]
December 21, 2015

‘A’ Players v ‘B’ Players: don’t let your competition make that choice for you

Compared to a ‘B’ Player, in quality of contribution, effectiveness and efficiency, an ‘A’ Player is significantly more capable, impactful, productive, generally more value adding in strategic thinking and execution…they are ‘Gamechangers’. Therefore, does it not make compelling good sense, […]
October 30, 2015

Video Resumes for NED opportunities – Can they help get more women in the boardroom?

Is a (moving) picture worth a thousand words? According to the recently published Davies report, UK top companies have reached a “major milestone” in increasing the number of women in their boardrooms. The former trade ministers report says there are […]