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A Boardroom Life May/Jun 2020
First-hand tales from an Africal-American boardroom pioneer.
Growing Problem Of Board Overreach Jul/Aug 2017
Regulation and liability fears are pushing boards to cross the line into management.
A New Era Of Board Performance Sep/Oct 2018
Everything from board orientation to succession planning needs to be part of a plan.
Have Independent Directors Lost Their Independence? May/Jun 2016
Are long board tenures turning outside directors into insiders?
A Private Equity Model For Public Company Boards Nov/Dec 2018
Top private equity-owned company boards think, act and perform differently.
Hearing The Voice Of The Stakeholder Jan/Feb 2020
The Business Roundtable wants you to list to stakeholders--but how?
Action Plan For Board And Shareholder Engagement Nov/Dec 2019
Today's investors want to talk with your directors. Here is a plan to make it happen.
How Materiality Impacts Reputation Mar/Apr 2020
You can spot pending corporate scandals by what companies fail to disclose.
Artificial Intelligence In The Boardroom Mar/Apr 2018
The opportunities (and dangers) of artificial intelligence are your board's next strategic challenge.
How Proxy Advisors View Your Board Nov/Dec 2017
These advisors are very influential with your shareholders. What do they think of you?
As Global Business Transforms, Boards Must Keep Pace Nov/Dec 2016
How do you add needed new board talent while retaining your best veterans?
Human Capital Disclosure And The Board Sep/Oct 2020
New disclosure demands on your company's people and culture are coming. Are you ready?
Audit Committee Effectiveness: Practical Tips For The Chair Mar/Apr 2019
Leadership of your audit committee must become more professional.
Improving Governance Through Performance Incentives Jan/Feb 2017
The issue of corporate “short termism” is closely entwined with compensation.
Becoming A Crisis-Ready Board Jan/Feb 2020
Assuring that management is prepared for crises is no longer enough.
In Search Of ESG Board Members Mar/Apr 2020
You will not find these new, diverse directors by sticking to your old Rolodex.
Being A Woman On The Board Nov/Dec 2017
First-person stories from a boardroom pioneer.
Independent Directors For Joint Venture Boards Jan/Feb 2020
Joint ventures are a fast-growing strategic tool. Their governance, however, is lagging.
Best Practice On Board Evaluation Disclosure Mar/Apr 2019
Investors now want to know just how tough you are in grading board members.
Information Technology Governance Nov/Dec 2018
After all the cyber and data danger warnings, how do you change your board to respond?
Best Practices For Board Cyber Security Oversight Sep/Oct 2016
Yes, you know company data is at risk—now, how can your board take control?
Integrated Corporate Governance And Stakeholders Sep/Oct 2020
The shareholder versus stakeholder debate may be a false choice.
Best Practices For Onboarding New Directors Nov/Dec 2017
Some director orientation begins long before a new member is chosen.
Is "Age Diversity" The Next Boardroom Concern? Jul/Aug 2018
Does your board have any members born after the Baby Boom?
Beyond Pay: Compensation Committees And Human Capital May/Jun 2020
Executive pay-setting is only one of the new tasks demanded of compensation committees.
Is Your Board A Data Security Threat? Jul/Aug 2016
The digital tools your directors use bring frightening vulnerabilities.
Board Agenda For The New Trump Economy Mar/Apr 2017
Expect major shake-ups in tax policy, production plans and corporate strategies.
Is Your Board Prepared For A Crisis? Sep/Oct 2017
Does your management team have a solid crisis management plan ready (and how do you know)?
Board And Director Evaluation Grows Up Jan/Feb 2018
Evaluation has evolved and improved to meet new governance demands.
Is Your Board Ready For Peer Evaluations? Jan/Feb 2016
Gaining the benefits of performance evaluation without pointing fingers.
Board And Third-Party Risk Oversight May/Jun 2017
Are your outside contractors and suppliers putting your company in danger?
Is Your D&O Coverage Ready For Individual Liability? Jan/Feb 2017
The DOJ’s Yates Memo increases your directors’ lawsuit risk.
Board Chair: A Job For The Girls Nov/Dec 2019
For real progress in board diversity, we need more female chairs.
Lessons Learned In Board Assessment Sep/Oct 2016
“This board exercise, properly executed, produces outstanding results.”
Board Decisions On Share Buybacks And Dividends Jul/Aug 2016
With corporate cash at record levels, investors are growing restless.
Leveraging Data: A New Board Priority Mar/Apr 2019
Preventing cyber-mischief is only one board job. Are you also pushing to explore fresh data opportunities?
Board Diversity: An Activist Perspective Nov/Dec 2020
Activist investors have some smart strategic reasons for seeking more diverse boards.
Long-Term Value Begins With The Board Jul/Aug 2017
The chief of State Street Global Advisors has some frank words for your board.
Board Engagement Throughout The Company Jan/Feb 2018
The board often seems isolated from the rest of the organization. Here are tools for outreach.
Loosey Goosey Governance: 4 Misunderstood Terms Mar/Apr 2020
A surprising amount of what we all assume is "good governance" may not be so.
Board Evaluation That Adds Value Sep/Oct 2018
First question: Why are we evaluating?
Measuring Your Corporate Culture Jul/Aug 2016
These unwritten rules can save your company—or destroy it.
Board Evaluation: "Feed-Forward" Instead of "Feedback" Nov/Dec 2018
Evaluation focuses too much on past problems, too little on future aspirations.
My First 100 Days As Chairman Nov/Dec 2016
Welcome onboard—the company is facing a crisis. How do you lead?
Board Members Can (Almost) Always Resign Nov/Dec 2020
Courts sometimes find that quitting a board in itself is a breach of fiduciary duty.
My Problem With Stakeholders Jan/Feb 2019
SEC Commissioner Peirce finds board duties to "stakeholders" too vague.
Board Oversight Of Joint Ventures Jan/Feb 2018
Trillions in joint venture investments draw too little board attention.
Myths And Realities Of Activist Investors Nov/Dec 2016
If activists are just troublemakers, why is their advice so often good?
Board Pay And Governance In The Middle Market May/Jun 2019
Helpful benchmarks on midcap director pay and board practice.
Navigating The SEC’s Proposed Clawback Mandate Jan/Feb 2016
The SEC’s proposal puts teeth into pay clawbacks.
Board Pay: Past, Present And Future Mar/Apr 2017
After years of radical change in the board’s role, have board pay plans kept up?
New Board ABCs: Analyzing Board Composition Jan/Feb 2020
Activist investors now closely review your board makeup. Do it yourself first.
Board Pay—Not Just A Public Company Concern Jul/Aug 2017
Private corporations are a huge part of the U.S. economy. Why is their board pay such a black hole?
New Board Role In Compliance Oversight May/Jun 2016
Is your compliance program effective? If not, how will your board ever know?
Board Risk Management: A Powerful Approach May/Jun 2020
Board risk oversight demands have risen sharply. The board tools you use may be lagging.
New Considerations For IPO Governance Jan/Feb 2019
IPO companies launch with strong governance defenses - but investors do not seem to mind.
Board Role In A Changing Talent Landscape Jul/Aug 2017
While today’s business environment rewards disruption, boards and CEOs still promote the status quo.
New Risks In Retirement Plan Oversight Jul/Aug 2018
ERISA makes your board the fiduciary for company retirement plans - and the rules are now tougher.
Board Role In Crisis Management Jul/Aug 2020
What best practices has the coronavirus taught us about the board's crisis role?
Next Steps For California's Board Diversity Law Mar/Apr 2019
The state's new board gender diversity law requires immediate moves on compliance.
Board Role In Making ESG Decisions May/Jun 2019
Will corporate social responsibility goals clash with fiduciary duty?
Non-GAAP Financials: Show Facts, Not Fictions Mar/Apr 2017
With financial disclosures, just because you can do something does not mean you should.
Board Role In SEC No-Action Letters Sep/Oct 2019
Wise board review for business purpose can convince the SEC.
Non-Profit Boards: Five Keys To Success May/Jun 2016
Strategy, performance and customers all have different meanings for the non-profit.
Board-Centric Annual Meeting May/Jun 2016
What if boards used annual meetings to sell their vision to shareholders?
Optimizing Board Evaluations Nov/Dec 2016
Best practices for conducting evaluations and turning results into action.
Boards And Cyber Security: Are You Insured? Sep/Oct 2017
Ask these questions about covering cyber losses.
Passing The Board Chair Baton Nov/Dec 2017
Succession planning for board leaders remains weak and inconsistent.
Boards And Cyber Security: Is Your C-Suite Ready? Sep/Oct 2017
Ask these questions to assure that your management team is prepared for cyber threats.
Professional Director Phenomenon May/Jun 2018
Long frowned upon, the full-time “professional” director is making a comeback.
Boards Must Prepare For The GDPR Jul/Aug 2018
Now, potential fines are in the billions for mishandling customer data.
Proxy Access At The Tipping Point Mar/Apr 2017
More than half of major U.S. corporations now allow proxy access—what will this mean?
Boards Of Directors: An Underutilized Resource May/Jun 2017
Smart CEOs take full advantage of their board’s hidden talents.
Real Problem In Director Overboarding Nov/Dec 2019
Over-extended board members mean weaker company performance.
Bringing #MeToo Into The Boardroom May/Jun 2018
The past year has seen sexual harassment explode as a business issue. How do boards respond?
Reasons To Bring Back The Staggered Board Jan/Feb 2019
Did the rush to destagger corporate boards actually cost shareholders money?
BRT, Stakeholders And Corporate Purpose Nov/Dec 2019
Is the Business Roundtable move toward stakeholder rights even possible?
Redefining The Lead Independent Director Nov/Dec 2018
How are lead directors using their new powers and responsibilities?
Building A Board Of Directors Jul/Aug 2019
Build a smart, effective board from the start for better governance (and for longer CEO lifespan).
Remote Board Governance: Lessons Learned Sep/Oct 2020
Boards are learning fast how to make online governance better governance.
Building A Board-Savvy Executive Team Jul/Aug 2019
How effective are your managers in communicating with your board?
Reputation Management And The Board May/Jun 2018
If company reputation is a vital asset, why do boards spend little time on it?
Building ESG Into Your Incentive Plans Sep/Oct 2019
Corporate social responsibility will only happen when executives are paid to make it happen.
Reshape Your Board For Company Restructuring Nov/Dec 2020
If our current crisis forces a major turnaround effort, is your board up to the task?
Building The Board's Relationship With Compliance Mar/Apr 2018
The chief compliance officer and your board need to talk.
Rethinking The “Digital Director” Nov/Dec 2016
Assuming there is a single “digital director” profile is problem number one.
Business Roundtable And Stakeholders: One Year Later Nov/Dec 2020
Did the BRT signatories really intend to change the treatment of stakeholders?
Road To Strategic Board Refreshment Nov/Dec 2020
Bring the concept of "continuous improvement" to your boardroom.
Bylaw Wars: Boards Awaken Mar/Apr 2016
Surging investor activism demands a fresh look at your company bylaws.
Scrutiny And Standardization Of Director Pay May/Jun 2016
New disclosures give investors a stronger say in how you shape board pay plans.
C-Level Succession In The Current Crisis Jul/Aug 2020
Unprecedented turmoil drives a re-think of leadership planning.
SEC Concerns On Cybersecurity Sep/Oct 2018
New SEC guidance requires solid cyber risk and disclosure plans.
CEO Leadership And The Board Mar/Apr 2020
First-hand advice on how chief executives and boards negotiate power.
Seven Steps To A More Strategic Board Sep/Oct 2019
Today's best practice CEOs turn their boards into a strategic partner.
CEO Search And The Inside Candidate Nov/Dec 2019
Mishandled CEO succession can cause real trauma within the company.
Shaping Post-COVID Workforce Strategies Jul/Aug 2020
How do you bring furloughed employees back and keep them safe?
CEO Selection: The Costs Of Getting It Wrong Jan/Feb 2017
Too many boards fail this crucial responsibility.
Shaping Your Board For Cybersecurity Jan/Feb 2019
Evolving best practices for cyber-oversight by board committees.
Challenge Of The Disruptive Director Mar/Apr 2016
Is your biggest roadblock to good governance sitting at your board table?
Shareholder Engagement: Shaping Your Strategy Mar/Apr 2016
One-off, reactive board outreach to investors is no longer enough.
Changing Role Of Audit Committees Jul/Aug 2017
As demands on audit committees have exploded, has your board kept up?
Short-Term/Long-Term Governance Debate Jan/Feb 2016
Are “short-term” strategies actually best for long-term investors?
Compensation Committee And Director Onboarding Sep/Oct 2019
Solid board vetting and training of compensation committee talent still lags.
Steer Clear Of Political Crossfires May/Jun 2017
America’s political battles are spilling into business and into the boardroom.
Compensation Planning For Uncertain Times Jul/Aug 2020
The tidy executive pay plans you set to begin the year are now hopelessly outmoded.
Ten Board Questions On Anticorruption Compliance Jul/Aug 2018
Boards may know too little about how management fights bribery and corruption dangers.
Continuous Improvement In The Boardroom Mar/Apr 2016
How one board makes itself better at every board meeting.
Ten Steps Toward Better Director Qualifications May/Jun 2019
Can your new directors meet these standards? If not, do they belong in your boardroom?
Coronavirus And Your D&O Policies Jul/Aug 2020
Your D&O policy may contain some nasty pandemic loopholes.
The Future Of Global Corporate Governance Mar/Apr 2019
Expect more diverse, more empowered boards, and tougher standards in emerging markets.
Corporate Secretary’s Governance Role Jan/Feb 2018
Your biggest factor in shaping effective governance is the person taking the minutes.
The Illusion Of Security In Stock Trading Windows Sep/Oct 2018
Your insider trading plans are only a guide, not a fortress.
Could Outside "Deal Monitors" Improve M&A? Jul/Aug 2019
Big corporate deal-making invites investor lawsuits. Could independent vetting of deals be the answer?
The New Tax Reforms: A Board Briefing Mar/Apr 2018
How will this major U.S. tax overhaul change your executive pay plans?
Criminalizing The Boardroom Jul/Aug 2019
"Guilty intent" is no longer needed for companies (and their leaders) to face criminal prosecution.
Three Stages To An Emotionally Connected Board Sep/Oct 2016
Why are we so afraid to discuss emotion in the boardroom?
Death Of The Corporate Inner Circle May/Jun 2017
The clubby, conflicted boardroom era had its problems, but could the new alternative be worse?
Time For Boards To Step Up On Ethics And Compliance Jan/Feb 2019
Why do so many boards ignore their ethics and compliance staff?
Digital Governance: The Price Of Convenience Nov/Dec 2017
E-mail and board portals make modern governance practical—but also vulnerable.
Tips And Traps In Corporate Liability Coverage May/Jun 2017
Ways your liability insurance policy may explode just when you need it most.
Disclosing Your Board CEO Pay Ratio Mar/Apr 2018
Corporations must disclose their CEO median pay ratio this proxy season. Are you ready?
Transformation Of Bank Boards Jan/Feb 2016
Banks must learn to make post-crisis reforms “business as usual.”
Do CEOs Need A “Chief of Staff”? May/Jun 2018
Political leaders depend on a chief of staff to be effective. Now, smart CEOs are too.
Trends In Corporate Disclosure Mar/Apr 2020
Many corporations make it difficult for investors to find the information they want.
Do You Need A Chief Governance Officer? Sep/Oct 2016
Citigroup’s former CGO assesses this new corporate role.
True Role Of The Board Of Directors Mar/Apr 2017
A noted fund manager’s thoughts on what an “activist” director really does.
DOJ’s New Focus On Individual Liability Mar/Apr 2016
Justice department “corporate prosecutions” increasingly target individuals.
Visionary Board: Building A Culture Of Leadership Sep/Oct 2017
Boards are crucial in nurturing company talent and culture.
Double-Edged Sword Of CEO Activism May/Jun 2019
The public now expects CEOs to take stands--except when they disagree.
What CISOs Wish They Could Tell Their Boards May/Jun 2018
Information security staff and the board must learn to speak the same language.
Ensuring Audit Quality: A Board Duty Jul/Aug 2016
Boards face new liabilities for audit failures they “should have” known about.
What Does Your CEO/Median Pay Ratio Really Say? Sep/Oct 2018
With ratios all over the place, take care to send the right investor relations message.
Environmental Sustainability As A Board Issue Jul/Aug 2019
"Green" issues are now pounding on the boardroom door. Here are governance best practices.
What Management Should Know About Boards Jan/Feb 2017
The ground rules of the board/management relationship are shifting. Are you prepared?
Evergreen Board Succession Planning Sep/Oct 2016
A director retirement should see the culmination of your talent search, not its start.
What You Must Disclose On Cybersecurity May/Jun 2020
Coping with overlapping, fast-changing (and sometimes confusing) new rules.
Facing The New Tide Of Securities Litigation Nov/Dec 2018
Today's lawsuits and enforcement action demand new litigation teams.
When Your CEO Is A "Brilliant Jerk" Jan/Feb 2020
What happens when your board has to act as the adult in the boardroom?
Flipping The Internal Audit Process Jan/Feb 2016
Making auditors into the corporate resource they should be.
Who Is Telling Your Company Story? Jul/Aug 2016
Corporate secretaries are proving a powerful investor relations tool.
Fourth Industrial Revolution And Long-Term Value Creation May/Jun 2019
More than just rethinking new digital technology, we now face a rethinking of business itself.
Who Monitors The Market Intermediaries? Sep/Oct 2019
Some of the smallest market players have outsized influence.
Future Of Board Leadership May/Jun 2020
Will the role of lead director supercede the board chairman?
Why Is It So Hard For Boards To Govern? Jan/Feb 2017
Do we demand that boards perform a job they were never designed to do?
Gender, Geography And The Boardroom Sep/Oct 2017
American demographics show that women must work harder to get to board meetings.
Women Board Members And Technology Companies Mar/Apr 2018
Big tech firms offer a valuable diversity model.
General Counsel, The Board, And Corporate Culture Jan/Feb 2018
General counsel is a crucial board go-between in setting “tone at the top.”
Writing Your Board Diversity Policy Jul/Aug 2018
How one board shaped its best practice diversity policy.
Great Reboot Sep/Oct 2020
Your company's strategy, priorities, technology and governance itself now need rethinking.
Your Post-Crisis Board Evaluation Sep/Oct 2020
Were your board and governance up to the crisis? What needs to change?

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