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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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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CEOs and Emotional Brain

Understanding how the brain works starts with emotional connection. Emotional connection is essential to our overall performance, insuring our brain function. How we interact with people that we work with provides a cue of how emotionally connected we are.  Emotions orient and steer us away from danger. They also tell us what really matters. Emotions […]

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How CEOs and Directors Can Implement Appreciation & Recognition

Motivation and inspiration play a key role in board performance. One of the easiest ways to increase these two elements of performance is by improving appreciation and recognition among your directors and CEO. There are several ways to show appreciation to your board. When we say “appreciation and recognition” people usually assume we are referring […]

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Elevate Board Performance for CEOs and Directors: Increase Emotional Connection

If you observe successful boards, you will see that they have unrivaled ability to cooperate, trust, and manage through hard times. Although directors have fiduciary duties, you can’t make them collaborate or trust each other – but if you create the right environment, loyalty, collaboration, and trust happen naturally. In order to protect us from […]

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The 4 Roles of Effective CEOs and Directors

Leadership is a driving factor in the efficacy of a board. All board directors affect the overall group dynamics and influence the board, but the Chairman (usually the CEO) really sets the tone for cohesiveness. Leaders should exhibit four main roles in the boardroom, Facilitator, Expert, Morale Builder, and Integrator. These four roles work together to […]

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When To Hire Outside Counsel – A CEOs Guide

When a board faces any type of crossroads where a big decision is required—but especially in the case of a hostile takeover attempt—hiring outside counsel can assist directors in making the best decisions for the company. Outside counsel can explain fiduciary duties owed by directors to the company. Clearly identifying duties and reassuring directors that […]

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