Inspiring Great Strategy: For CEOs and Board Leaders

When talking about boards, it is hard to avoid the topic of strategy development. We hear CEOs complain all the time that board members aren’t providing good strategy ideas even though they are all individually highly intelligent and highly capable professionals. The problem is not that the board members are unable to create an effective […]

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Board/Team Dynamics - 06/07/2016

Four Signs that Your Large Board is Emotionally Disconnected

Emotional connection is the backbone of positive board dynamics. A board that has good relationships can make better decisions for their company. As a director or CEO, it is up to you to determine if your board is functioning at its highest level – so how can you tell if your board has poor emotional […]

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Preventing Chaos by Learning from CEO’s Mistakes at Credit Suisse and Cisco

In an increasingly public world, we have the privilege of observing and learning from organizational failures. What I mean by that, is much of the employee outrage or internal power struggles that we see in the news every day can be prevented by addressing the emotional disconnection among the board, executive team, and management. Cr Most […]

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Putting Values First: Baidu Takes Action

Companies that are built to last have a clear vision and mission, as well as core values that guide their decisions. Core values keep a business in line by providing an ethical compass for its employees to follow. Every decision from strategic to operational should be made with the core values in mind. This gives […]

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Board/Team Dynamics - 05/23/2016

Fear, Performance, and Transparency – What CEOs and Boards Should Know

We all know how important transparency is to a board and its company. Information sharing and communication are key aspects to any successful company. Transparency creates assurance, instills confidence, and builds cohesiveness among board members and the executive team which ultimately leads to shareholder trust. A transparent board allows directors to accurately assess the state […]

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Board/Team Dynamics - 05/16/2016

Changing Board Dynamics: Where do you start?

In the last decade, the subject of board dynamics has gained significant attention. As organizations seek to boost board performance, board dynamics has become one of the focal points for improvement. There are real connections between a board that functions at its highest level and a company’s financial success. Much of it has to do […]

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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 Legacy of Bill Campbell, CEO of Intuit: 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, the case of Bank of New York Mellon

Complacency is easy to settle into 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 the […]

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