Vulnerability: Developing Your Board Dynamics

Great board dynamics are a crucial element of a functional and successful board. Board leaders are constantly asking me where to start with board dynamics. There are a lot of different elements that need to be addressed in regards to board dynamics, but I always encourage them to start with emotional safety and vulnerability. When […]

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Guiding Your Board Through The Aftermath Of The Election

Now that you’ve had a few days to process the results of the 2016 Presidential Election, it is time to start thinking about how this divisive event will affect your board. Clearly there are economic, social, and political ramifications coming out of this decision – these should all be carefully addressed by the board, but […]

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Broken Bonds: Wells Fargo Board Rebuilding Trust Through Emotional Connection

After intense scandals, boards have a limited time to regain their composure and start rebuilding trust. This is certainly the case for Wells Fargo. Their recent scandal has left shareholders, employees, investors, the government, and the public with a bad taste in their mouth (to put it lightly). Some effects have been immediate with business […]

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Three Great Reasons To Have Women as Board Directors

Recently I completed two webinars for Women in the Boardroom. This got me thinking about the issue of diversity that is becoming more and more prominent in corporate governance. When you bring on the right people for the board with expertise, experience, and passion, women will naturally come into the mix, but I wanted to […]

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Lessons in Emotional Connection: Men’s Wearhouse

In 1973, George Zimmer founded Men’s Wearhouse. The brand quickly became a success and we all got used to seeing his face on TV guaranteeing men that “You’re going to like the way you look”. Zimmer was the face of his company and his company was doing well. In 2011 he passed the CEO position […]

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Enabling Greatness: How Boards Can Develop Effective CEOs

The relationship between a CEO and the board can be tricky – especially if the CEO sits on the board. In the past few years we’ve seen CEO turnover increase which means there is a lot of time where the CEO is new to the company. Recently, The River Group put out a report that […]

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Commonsense Governance Principles in Action: Succession, Compensation, & Asset Managers

Welcome to the fifth and final week of our series on the Commonsense Corporate Governance Principles. In the last few weeks we’ve covered everything from board composition to shareholder rights to board leadership. In this article we are going to cover the last three principles – succession planning, compensation management, and the asset manager’s role […]

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Commonsense Governance Principles In Action: Board Leadership

We have come to the fourth week of our series on the Commonsense Principles of Corporate Governance. In the past few weeks we’ve talked about board composition, internal governance, director responsibilities, shareholder rights, and public reporting. More importantly, we’ve discussed the best method of applying these principles within your board – emotional connection. This week […]

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