Three Components of an Effective Board Meeting

One of the challenges of serving on a board is that you must work effectively with your fellow board members and CEO, but you only really get to work with them when you meet. Because you are not regularly working with each other, it becomes imperative that you create strong relationships and have effective meetings. […]

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Appreciating the Life Bill Campbell: A Leader of Emotional Connection in the Boardroom

On April 18th, 2016 we lost a true leader and innovator. Bill Campbell was an amazing Chairman and CEO in Silicon Valley. He worked with tech giants including Google, Apple, and Intuit. He played the role of mentor to major CEOs in Palo Alto and added value to the companies and people he worked with. […]

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Accountability and Assessing Performance for Directors and CEOs

Complacency is easy to settle into in the boardroom. It is tempting to see your board as doing just fine and leave it at that. When you begin talking about accountability and assessments, tension usually fills the air and board members tend to get nervous or defensive. To be the best board possible and make […]

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Steps to Take When Your Board Faces a Storm

In a recent audit committee meeting, Mr. G was able to practice an emotional-focused technique to get his fellow directors back on track. The meeting was being held over telephone and the discussion was getting heated. The topic at hand was highly sensitive and conflicting views were being expressed. It was clear the conversation was becoming somewhat […]

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Challenges – Public Boards vs. Private Boards

Directors and CEOs have a lot on their plate when assessing boardroom challenges. Some issues span across all types of boards like how to handle succession plans, how do you vet new members, and how do you make sure your board is diverse? These problems are important and complicated but what about the issues that […]

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How Directors and CEOs Should Address Risk

A recent study revealed the top ten risks that board members and executive management is most concerned about in 2016. The number one concern was a tie between regulatory changes/scrutiny and economic climate. The corporate world is full of risks that we can’t really control which often sends us into panic mode. Let’s take a […]

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Three Steps to Improve Board Performance

Board members want to ensure the company’s success. They focus on making sure that decisions they make will benefit the company and its shareholders. In order for them to resolve problems successfully and be productive, board members need to feel safe and secure with each other. When board members don’t feel secure and safe they […]

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Board/Team Dynamics - 03/28/2016

The Challenges of Growth when Running a Board of Directors

As Chair of a Board, you have many responsibilities and challenges. You are responsible for how effective the board is and how fulfilling the experience is for your directors. Apart from the fiduciary responsibilities of the board, you work with the CEO and directors to determine goals and how they align with the core values, […]

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Your Brain on M&A

Mergers and Acquisitions are at an all-time high. A merger or acquisition is one of the most stressful transitions a board can go through. With the future of their company up in the air, directors are thrown into uncertainty. This uncertainty leads to fear and anxiety which hampers decision making. Why does this happen, and […]

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