Directors seminarThe bells woke me up at dawn so I took advantage of the early start and the beautiful sunny weather to jog out of the town and around the canals. We’re in Bruges for a management board seminar. The idea is to get us all away from our desks and our offices and to oblige us to spend an afternoon, an evening and a morning together, reflecting on longer-term and strategic objectives and challenges. Smart phones and wifi mean that we will probably never again give our undivided attention to the meetings we find ourselves in but, still, we benefitted from each others’ company and remoteness from the office by having two days’ of rich, enjoyable and productive discussions.