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  • One Leadership Lesson: The Learning Never Stops
    Posted on Apr 7th, 2011
    Related Products & Services: Leadership Development, Strategic Planning, Governance

    This past month, I was invited to deliver a leadership presentation to a group of international business students at Stony Brook University at the request of a business colleague I have known for over 25 years.  These exchanges of content are an enduring commitment we make to the community.  Our hope is that the fundamental […]

  • Reaching out to Directors
    Posted on Dec 15th, 2010
    Related Products & Services: Board Assessments, Effective Board Governance, Governance

    Most corporate citizens would agree that corporate directors are among their most important and most demanding constituencies. But ironically, we think that Directors are among the most under-served constituencies of all – at least where “reaching out” is concerned. Here are a few things that are normally sure to please Directors…plus some hints on prepping […]

  • Crisis Management: How Ready is Your Board?
    Posted on Dec 4th, 2010
    Related Products & Services: Enterprise Risk Management, Governance, Effective Board Governance

    The world as we know it is in a continuous state of change for corporate directors. In the past, work mattered more than process.  With those in Congress and the Executive Branch concerned about another economic crisis, increased transparency and attention to processes will be required. In the past, board members, corporate secretaries and general […]

  • Preparing for Change
    Posted on Dec 2nd, 2010
    Related Products & Services: Governance, Enterprise Risk Management, Effective Board Governance

    Recently, the SEC issued Rule 14a-11 which has major implications for the way shareholders have access to nominating directors to boards.   The implementation of these rules is currently being challenged in court by the United States Chamber of Commerce.  However, the SEC direction is to encourage increased communication between shareholders and directors.  So while we […]

  • Annual Retreats: Directors Debate Best Practices
    Posted on Jun 3rd, 2010
    Related Products & Services: Board Retreats, Governance, Effective Board Governance

    During the holidays, television stations always run a consecutive loop of the yuletide log with a soundtrack of recognizable Christmas songs. It reminds us of shared values and gives people a sense of the holiday spirit and warmth.  Presently, we are watching a 24/7 “continuous loop” of the BP disaster with up to 100,000 gallons […]

  • Opinion: Board Orientation Impacts Shareholder Value
    Posted on Mar 16th, 2010
    Related Products & Services: Effective Board Governance, Governance

    On Dec. 16, 2009, the  SEC  issued rules that will require  additional commentary in the preparation of the 10K.  Information calling for director qualifications and  contributions to their respective boards will be required. The  questions that have been raised actually open a discussion at  the board level regarding philosophy of skills and  contributions of individual […]

  • It’s Time To Refresh Your Board
    Posted on Dec 2nd, 2009
    Related Products & Services: Governance, Effective Board Governance, Succession Planning

    The economic recovery continues to be problematic for the county and, as a result, regulatory pressures on  public companies and their boards remain high with no signs of abating.  Instead of waiting until regulatory  bodies start weighing in on ways to maintain high quality board performance, let’s exert some common  sense and get out ahead […]

  • Getting Enterprise Risk Management Right
    Posted on Sep 10th, 2009
    Related Products & Services: Enterprise Risk Management, Governance, Effective Board Governance

    Boards must mitigate risk by having a clear destination, getting input if needed, reading the dashboard data, and making judgments. I believe in capitalism’s strength and resilience. With the same  survival-of-the-fittest efficiency living organisms have tapped for  millennia, capitalism will adapt to survive now. But as we work  through this difficult time and try to […]

  • 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 […]