July 30, 2007

COVER STORY : The great legal takeover

Lawyers, once a slightly awkward fit in companies, are taking on more responsibilities and assuming top corporate positions. And why not? They’re intelligent people adept at problem-solving and cut-through thinking. Some executives, though, have doubts, wondering whether it’s good for business. Nonetheless the march of the lawyers is unmistakably growing louder. Eugene Bingham investigates.

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DIRECTOR REMUNERATION : The value of directors – Trans-Tasman director pay gap narrows but still concerns

The pay gap between New Zealand and Australian directors is narrowing, according to the latest Sheffield Director Remuneration Survey, but there is still a long way to go and New Zealand’s lower rates mean we risk missing out on attracting the best local talent according to Sheffield’s Sherry Maier. Ellen Read takes a look at the survey results and talks to Maier about her findings.

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EDITOR’S LETTER : Chicken and Eggs

As the business environment becomes more and more regulated, it’s perhaps unsurprising that increasing numbers of lawyers are turning up in senior management and governance positions. Or did it happen

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EXECUTIVE EDUCATION: Learning curves – Great expectations

New behaviours. Heightened confidence. Specific skills and learnings. A new mindset. A bunch of useful contacts for the career ahead. What do executives expect to get from ploughing their valuable time, dollars and mental resources into an executive education programme? And what do those programme providers see as their most precious offerings?

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