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  • The Current Thinking On Corporate Governance
    Posted on Jul 10th, 2009
    Related Products & Services: Governance, Effective Board Governance, Enterprise Risk Management

    This past month I participated as a panelist at two governance functions – The 3rd Annual Directors Education Workshop sponsored by GE and The Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance at the Yale School of Management. Both were stimulating events that provided an overview of the best thinking today on current, challenging governance issues. […]


  • Stay Close to Your Customers to Gain a Competitive Edge
    Posted on Jun 12th, 2009
    Related Products & Services: Governance, Strategic Planning, Leadership Development

    The new normal for many consumers includes eating out once every two weeks instead of every one, getting a haircut every eight weeks instead of six and turning off lights to save on electricity bills. Lifestyle changes and drastic cutbacks in spending have had a profound impact on businesses, including layoffs, pay cuts, unpaid time […]


  • Boards Must Balance Power to Maintain Their Integrity
    Posted on May 6th, 2009
    Related Products & Services: Effective Board Governance, Governance, Enterprise Risk Management

    The country’s economic crisis has shed a bright spotlight on the management of companies by chief executive officers and raised questions relating to CEO performance. Billions in taxpayers’ money have been given to auto companies and financial institutions, including $170 billion to failed insurance conglomerate AIG. In March, when AIG distributed roughly $165 million in […]


  • Corporate Governance: It’s Time for a Close Review
    Posted on Jan 9th, 2009
    Related Products & Services: Board Assessments, Effective Board Governance

    The government bailed out Citigroup. The chief executives of the Big Three automakers asked for $25 billion in loans. There will undoubtedly be more corporations asking the government for financial help. Many people are asking, and rightly so, “Who’s been minding the store?” Many Americans are frustrated and angry. How could corporate leadership allow their […]


  • A Challenge to Board Leadership: Get Culture Right
    Posted on Jan 2nd, 2009
    Related Products & Services: Governance, Effective Board Governance, CEO Consultation

    The 2009 Spencer Stuart Board Index was released in October and while there are no huge surprises, I believe the data signals a shifting center of gravity in corporate governance – a move toward independence, commitment, and accountability. Consider these highlights from the Spencer Stuart study of the S & P 500 companies for 2009. […]


  • Keep Your Board Members Focused and Productive
    Posted on Aug 8th, 2008
    Related Products & Services: Governance, Effective Board Governance, Director Education

    Last month, I was delighted to participate in the Yale Governance Forum, an annual event that is organized by The Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance at their Yale School of Management and attended by more than 300 global directors and academics. The focus of this year’s meeting was to examine changes and uncertainty […]


  • Gleaning Leadership Insights from the HP Debacle
    Posted on Oct 13th, 2006
    Related Products & Services: Effective Board Governance, Governance, Succession Planning

    As I work on this column, Patricia Dunn, former non-executive chairman of Hewlett-Packard’s board, is preparing to testify before Congress about recent revelations that HP was spying on its own board members. As the lead director of a public corporate board, I’ve watched the situation deteriorate and important lessons surface. These lessons have applications for […]


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