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A New Era Of Board Performance Sep/Oct 2018
Everything from board orientation to succession planning needs to be part of a plan.
Investors: Getting To Know You And Your Governance Mar/Apr 2015
The Vanguard Group CEO wonders why boards are so shy with investors.
A Private Equity Model For Public Company Boards Nov/Dec 2018
Top private equity-owned company boards think, act and perform differently.
Is "Age Diversity" The Next Boardroom Concern? Jul/Aug 2018
Does your board have any members born after the Baby Boom?
Artificial Intelligence In The Boardroom Mar/Apr 2018
The opportunities (and dangers) of artificial intelligence are your board's next strategic challenge.
Is Activism Moving In-House? Nov/Dec 2015
Are boards learning to deal with activists by “going activist” themselves?
As Global Business Transforms, Boards Must Keep Pace Nov/Dec 2016
How do you add needed new board talent while retaining your best veterans?
Is It Time For A Board Cyber-Security Committee? Jan/Feb 2015
Can your board structure deal with today’s cyber threats?
Audit Committee Effectiveness: Practical Tips For The Chair Mar/Apr 2019
Leadership of your audit committee must become more professional.
Is Your Board A Data Security Threat? Jul/Aug 2016
The digital tools your directors use bring frightening vulnerabilities.
Being A Woman On The Board Nov/Dec 2017
First-person stories from a boardroom pioneer.
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)?
Best Practice On Board Evaluation Disclosure Mar/Apr 2019
Investors now want to know just how tough you are in grading board members.
Is Your Board Ready For Peer Evaluations? Jan/Feb 2016
Gaining the benefits of performance evaluation without pointing fingers.
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?
Is Your D&O Coverage Ready For Individual Liability? Jan/Feb 2017
The DOJ’s Yates Memo increases your directors’ lawsuit risk.
Best Practices For Onboarding New Directors Nov/Dec 2017
Some director orientation begins long before a new member is chosen.
Is Your D&O Insurer Really On Your Side? May/Jun 2015
When a lawsuit strikes, your insurer may try to cut their losses—meaning you.
Board Agenda For The New Trump Economy Mar/Apr 2017
Expect major shake-ups in tax policy, production plans and corporate strategies.
Leapfrog Leaders: A New Generation Of CEOs? Jul/Aug 2015
Why boards increasingly reach deeper into the company for succession talent.
Board And Director Evaluation Grows Up Jan/Feb 2018
Evaluation has evolved and improved to meet new governance demands.
Lessons Learned In Board Assessment Sep/Oct 2016
“This board exercise, properly executed, produces outstanding results.”
Board And M&A Value Creation Jul/Aug 2015
Boards do poorly at judging acquisitions, and worse at integrating them.
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 And Third-Party Risk Oversight May/Jun 2017
Are your outside contractors and suppliers putting your company in danger?
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 Assessment: A Foundation For Better Governance Mar/Apr 2015
Structuring your board evaluation program for success.
Measuring Your Corporate Culture Jul/Aug 2016
These unwritten rules can save your company—or destroy it.
Board Conflicts Of Interest In An Age Of Behavioral Ethics Sep/Oct 2015
Do you know how the rules on director conflict issues have shifted?
Moving The Needle On Board Diversity Sep/Oct 2015
Efforts to diversify boards have so far shown little progress.
Board Decisions On Share Buybacks And Dividends Jul/Aug 2016
With corporate cash at record levels, investors are growing restless.
My First 100 Days As Chairman Nov/Dec 2016
Welcome onboard—the company is facing a crisis. How do you lead?
Board Engagement Throughout The Company Jan/Feb 2018
The board often seems isolated from the rest of the organization. Here are tools for outreach.
My Problem With Stakeholders Jan/Feb 2019
SEC Commissioner Peirce finds board duties to "stakeholders" too vague.
Board Evaluation That Adds Value Sep/Oct 2018
First question: Why are we evaluating?
Myths And Realities Of Activist Investors Nov/Dec 2016
If activists are just troublemakers, why is their advice so often good?
Board Evaluation: "Feed-Forward" Instead of "Feedback" Nov/Dec 2018
Evaluation focuses too much on past problems, too little on future aspirations.
Navigating The SEC’s Proposed Clawback Mandate Jan/Feb 2016
The SEC’s proposal puts teeth into pay clawbacks.
Board Oversight Of Joint Ventures Jan/Feb 2018
Trillions in joint venture investments draw too little board attention.
New Board Role In Compliance Oversight May/Jun 2016
Is your compliance program effective? If not, how will your board ever know?
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 Considerations For IPO Governance Jan/Feb 2019
IPO companies launch with strong governance defenses - but investors do not seem to mind.
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 Nominating And Governance Committee Jul/Aug 2015
Activist board campaigns put new pressure on the traditional nominating committee.
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 Ethics And Compliance Sep/Oct 2015
Why setting “tone at the top” is no longer important.
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-Centric Annual Meeting May/Jun 2016
What if boards used annual meetings to sell their vision to shareholders?
Non-GAAP Financials: Show Facts, Not Fictions Mar/Apr 2017
With financial disclosures, just because you can do something does not mean you should.
Boards And Cyber Security: Are You Insured? Sep/Oct 2017
Ask these questions about covering cyber losses.
Non-Profit Boards: Five Keys To Success May/Jun 2016
Strategy, performance and customers all have different meanings for the non-profit.
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.
Optimizing Board Evaluations Nov/Dec 2016
Best practices for conducting evaluations and turning results into action.
Boards Must Prepare For The GDPR Jul/Aug 2018
Now, potential fines are in the billions for mishandling customer data.
Passing The Board Chair Baton Nov/Dec 2017
Succession planning for board leaders remains weak and inconsistent.
Boards Of Directors: An Underutilized Resource May/Jun 2017
Smart CEOs take full advantage of their board’s hidden talents.
Previewing Proxy Season 2015 Mar/Apr 2015
Big investors will be more active, sophisticated and hungry for results.
Bringing #MeToo Into The Boardroom May/Jun 2018
The past year has seen sexual harassment explode as a business issue. How do boards respond?
Professional Director Phenomenon May/Jun 2018
Long frowned upon, the full-time “professional” director is making a comeback.
Building The Board's Relationship With Compliance Mar/Apr 2018
The chief compliance officer and your board need to talk.
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?
Bylaw Wars: Boards Awaken Mar/Apr 2016
Surging investor activism demands a fresh look at your company bylaws.
Reasons To Bring Back The Staggered Board Jan/Feb 2019
Did the rush to destagger corporate boards actually cost shareholders money?
Can You Still Exclude That Proxy Proposal? May/Jun 2015
Are there safe ways to exclude shareholders’ proxy proposals?
Redefining The Lead Independent Director Nov/Dec 2018
How are lead directors using their new powers and responsibilities?
CEO Selection: The Costs Of Getting It Wrong Jan/Feb 2017
Too many boards fail this crucial responsibility.
Reputation Management And The Board May/Jun 2018
If company reputation is a vital asset, why do boards spend little time on it?
Challenge Of The Disruptive Director Mar/Apr 2016
Is your biggest roadblock to good governance sitting at your board table?
Reputation Risk As A Board Concern Jan/Feb 2015
Company reputation takes a lifetime to build, and a minute to destroy.
Changing Role Of Audit Committees Jul/Aug 2017
As demands on audit committees have exploded, has your board kept up?
Rethinking The “Digital Director” Nov/Dec 2016
Assuming there is a single “digital director” profile is problem number one.
Changing World Of Director Pay Jul/Aug 2015
Fewer meeting fees, more retainers, and tougher stock ownership guidelines.
Risks And Opportunities Of Hedge Fund Activism May/Jun 2015
Could the new wave of activists be sending a message worth hearing?
Conflicts In The Boardroom Jan/Feb 2015
Does your board know how to talk out its disputes?
Scrutiny And Standardization Of Director Pay May/Jun 2016
New disclosures give investors a stronger say in how you shape board pay plans.
Continuous Improvement In The Boardroom Mar/Apr 2016
How one board makes itself better at every board meeting.
SEC Concerns On Cybersecurity Sep/Oct 2018
New SEC guidance requires solid cyber risk and disclosure plans.
Corporate “Concinnity” And Board Information Sep/Oct 2015
How much information does your board need (versus how much it wants)?
SEC’s Pay Ratio Disclosure Rule And Its Implications Nov/Dec 2015
This new disclosure still brings many unanswered questions.
Corporate Secretary’s Governance Role Jan/Feb 2018
Your biggest factor in shaping effective governance is the person taking the minutes.
Shaping Your Board For Cybersecurity Jan/Feb 2019
Evolving best practices for cyber-oversight by board committees.
Death Of The Corporate Inner Circle May/Jun 2017
The clubby, conflicted boardroom era had its problems, but could the new alternative be worse?
Shareholder Engagement: Shaping Your Strategy Mar/Apr 2016
One-off, reactive board outreach to investors is no longer enough.
Digital Governance: The Price Of Convenience Nov/Dec 2017
E-mail and board portals make modern governance practical—but also vulnerable.
Short-Term/Long-Term Governance Debate Jan/Feb 2016
Are “short-term” strategies actually best for long-term investors?
Director Tenure: The Next Boardroom Battle Mar/Apr 2015
Do long-term directors make boards too stale, male and conflicted?
Spin-Offs: Decisions For The Board Jan/Feb 2015
Spin-off deals can unlock company value—if you know the dangers.
Disclosing Your Board CEO Pay Ratio Mar/Apr 2018
Corporations must disclose their CEO median pay ratio this proxy season. Are you ready?
Steer Clear Of Political Crossfires May/Jun 2017
America’s political battles are spilling into business and into the boardroom.
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.
Ten Board Questions On Anticorruption Compliance Jul/Aug 2018
Boards may know too little about how management fights bribery and corruption dangers.
Do You Need A Chief Governance Officer? Sep/Oct 2016
Citigroup’s former CGO assesses this new corporate role.
The Future Of Global Corporate Governance Mar/Apr 2019
Expect more diverse, more empowered boards, and tougher standards in emerging markets.
DOJ’s New Focus On Individual Liability Mar/Apr 2016
Justice department “corporate prosecutions” increasingly target individuals.
The Illusion Of Security In Stock Trading Windows Sep/Oct 2018
Your insider trading plans are only a guide, not a fortress.
Ensuring Audit Quality: A Board Duty Jul/Aug 2016
Boards face new liabilities for audit failures they “should have” known about.
The New Tax Reforms: A Board Briefing Mar/Apr 2018
How will this major U.S. tax overhaul change your executive pay plans?
Evergreen Board Succession Planning Sep/Oct 2016
A director retirement should see the culmination of your talent search, not its start.
Three Stages To An Emotionally Connected Board Sep/Oct 2016
Why are we so afraid to discuss emotion in the boardroom?
Evolution Of Corporate Governance Nov/Dec 2015
Economic, regulatory and technical shake-ups only now are changing boardrooms.
Time For A Board Cyber/Tech Committee? Jul/Aug 2015
Today, every company is now a “tech” company.
Facing The New Tide Of Securities Litigation Nov/Dec 2018
Today's lawsuits and enforcement action demand new litigation teams.
Time For Boards To Step Up On Ethics And Compliance Jan/Feb 2019
Why do so many boards ignore their ethics and compliance staff?
False Claims Act And Whistleblower Suits Mar/Apr 2015
Can your board head off these newly-dangerous claims?
Tips And Traps In Corporate Liability Coverage May/Jun 2017
Ways your liability insurance policy may explode just when you need it most.
Flipping The Internal Audit Process Jan/Feb 2016
Making auditors into the corporate resource they should be.
Transformation Of Bank Boards Jan/Feb 2016
Banks must learn to make post-crisis reforms “business as usual.”
Gender, Geography And The Boardroom Sep/Oct 2017
American demographics show that women must work harder to get to board meetings.
True Role Of The Board Of Directors Mar/Apr 2017
A noted fund manager’s thoughts on what an “activist” director really does.
General Counsel, The Board, And Corporate Culture Jan/Feb 2018
General counsel is a crucial board go-between in setting “tone at the top.”
Visionary Board: Building A Culture Of Leadership Sep/Oct 2017
Boards are crucial in nurturing company talent and culture.
Global Boardroom Talent: The New “Must Have” Jan/Feb 2015
Time for less talk and more action on making your board international.
What CISOs Wish They Could Tell Their Boards May/Jun 2018
Information security staff and the board must learn to speak the same language.
Growing Problem Of Board Overreach Jul/Aug 2017
Regulation and liability fears are pushing boards to cross the line into management.
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.
Have Independent Directors Lost Their Independence? May/Jun 2016
Are long board tenures turning outside directors into insiders?
What Management Should Know About Boards Jan/Feb 2017
The ground rules of the board/management relationship are shifting. Are you prepared?
How Proxy Advisors View Your Board Nov/Dec 2017
These advisors are very influential with your shareholders. What do they think of you?
Who Is Telling Your Company Story? Jul/Aug 2016
Corporate secretaries are proving a powerful investor relations tool.
Ignore Conflicts Of Interest At Your Peril Nov/Dec 2015
The “appearance” of a personal conflict can be as dangerous as a real one.
Why Boards Fail At CEO Succession May/Jun 2015
Boards face hidden disincentives that push them to avoid dealing with succession.
Improving Board Gender Diversity: What Works Nov/Dec 2015
What lessons can we learn from boards that lead on female directorship?
Why Governance Evaluations Fail Sep/Oct 2015
Conflicted, perfunctory and vague board evaluation needs a fresh approach.
Improving Governance Through Performance Incentives Jan/Feb 2017
The issue of corporate “short termism” is closely entwined with compensation.
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?
Information Technology Governance Nov/Dec 2018
After all the cyber and data danger warnings, how do you change your board to respond?
Women Board Members And Technology Companies Mar/Apr 2018
Big tech firms offer a valuable diversity model.
Innovations In CD&A Design May/Jun 2015
This pay disclosure has become a proxy season “must read” for investors.
Writing Your Board Diversity Policy Jul/Aug 2018
How one board shaped its best practice diversity policy.

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