Evolving From Board Conflict: 3 Moves That Helped This Board

Often times a board leader will call for my help when they have a problem to solve. They’ve run into a wall or can’t agree on a solution to move forward. Whether it splits the board evenly or it’s one against six – it always halts progress. Everything stops. But it doesn’t have to. If […]

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13 Things Emotionally Connected Board Directors Don’t Do

In the last decade, I’ve observed all kinds of different boards. From public to private, big to small, I see the same pattern of interaction over and over again. I can see when a board is struggling and when it’s operating smoothly. The main difference between the two is emotional connection. Board members who are […]

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Part 2: Dismantling a Lock-In in the Boardroom: An Emotionally Focused Approach to Board Effectiveness

The Board Dynamics Process or BDP is a structured approach that is based on the new science of emotional connection that provides us with a clear map on how board directors can nurture a relationship of trust and connection.   This happens through expanding their emotional responsiveness which helps them move forward. If not addressed, […]

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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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Commonsense Principles in Action: Board of Directors’ Responsibilities

The Commonsense Governance Principles presented by some of the biggest names in corporate governance and business offer a wide variety of best practices for boards of all types of companies. Last week we talked about the Composition and Internal Governance principle – this week we are moving on to the Board of Directors’ Responsibilities principle. […]

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Commonsense Principles in Action: Shareholder Rights and Public Reporting

Welcome to week three of our Commonsense Governance Principles coverage. We are taking time to go over each of the proposed principles for best practices in board governance and put them in terms of emotional connection. Last week we examined the Board of Directors’ responsibilities and in week one we looked at board composition and […]

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