Bosses turn to spouses for opinions they can trust

first_img Comments are closed. Most business leaders turn to their spouses for advice when making toughdecisions at work, a survey reveals. The research, carried out by Mori for business consultancy Chiumento, foundthat 60 per cent of UK board members use their spouses as a sounding board whenfacing a difficult challenge at work. Board directors told researchers they turn first to their spouses becausethey feel they can trust them to be discreet, rather than because of anytechnical ability or expertise in business strategy. Indeed, trust (71 per cent) is far more important to business leaders thanobjectivity (18 per cent). Bob Arnold, director of strategic consulting at Chiumento, said: “Theremust be some very heavyweight conversations taking place across dinner tables.The number of executives seeking external advice, even on strategy and finance,took us by surprise. The message to all those keen to provide advice tocaptains of industry is ‘earn their trust first’.” Julia Middleton, founder of Common Purpose, the leadership campaigner, istypical of respondents. “As you progress, people tend to start deferring to you too readily.The advantage of many spouses is that they won’t hold you in too much esteem.They provide support, of course, when all looks grim; but they are also able toget you to face the difficult questions you would rather avoid,” she said.www.chiumento.co.uk/infospaceKey findings– Almost two thirds (63 per cent) ofboard members prefer the advice of their spouse or partner to that of anotherboard member or colleague– The only source of advice more highly rated than a spouse orpartner is the managing director, chairman or chief executive, cited by 69 percent– External professional advisers are regarded as key sources ofadvice by only 20 per cent – People management issues are the primary reason for seekingadvice, specified by 21 per cent of board members Related posts:No related photos. Bosses turn to spouses for opinions they can trustOn 20 Jan 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

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