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A Boardroom Life May/Jun 2020
First-hand tales from an Africal-American boardroom pioneer.
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.
A New Era Of Board Performance Sep/Oct 2018
Everything from board orientation to succession planning needs to be part of a plan.
Future Of Board Leadership May/Jun 2020
Will the role of lead director supercede the board chairman?
A Private Equity Model For Public Company Boards Nov/Dec 2018
Top private equity-owned company boards think, act and perform differently.
Gender, Geography And The Boardroom Sep/Oct 2017
American demographics show that women must work harder to get to board meetings.
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.
General Counsel, The Board, And Corporate Culture Jan/Feb 2018
General counsel is a crucial board go-between in setting “tone at the top.”
Artificial Intelligence In The Boardroom Mar/Apr 2018
The opportunities (and dangers) of artificial intelligence are your board's next strategic challenge.
Getting Serious About Corporate Misconduct Jan/Feb 2021
Retooling your board's oversight of ethics.
Atomic Trading And Market Regulation May/Jun 2021
When online traders blow up meme stocks like GameStop, how do boards respond?
Great Reboot Sep/Oct 2020
Your company's strategy, priorities, technology and governance itself now need rethinking.
Audit Committee Effectiveness: Practical Tips For The Chair Mar/Apr 2019
Leadership of your audit committee must become more professional.
Growing Problem Of Board Overreach Jul/Aug 2017
Regulation and liability fears are pushing boards to cross the line into management.
Becoming A Crisis-Ready Board Jan/Feb 2020
Assuring that management is prepared for crises is no longer enough.
Hearing The Voice Of The Stakeholder Jan/Feb 2020
The Business Roundtable wants you to list to stakeholders--but how?
Being A Woman On The Board Nov/Dec 2017
First-person stories from a boardroom pioneer.
How Materiality Impacts Reputation Mar/Apr 2020
You can spot pending corporate scandals by what companies fail to disclose.
Best Practice On Board Evaluation Disclosure Mar/Apr 2019
Investors now want to know just how tough you are in grading board members.
How Proxy Advisors View Your Board Nov/Dec 2017
These advisors are very influential with your shareholders. What do they think of you?
Best Practices For Onboarding New Directors Nov/Dec 2017
Some director orientation begins long before a new member is chosen.
Human Capital Disclosure And The Board Sep/Oct 2020
New disclosure demands on your company's people and culture are coming. Are you ready?
Best Practices For Virtual Shareholder Meetings Mar/Apr 2021
What lessons have we learned after a year of online annual meetings?
Improving Governance Through Performance Incentives Jan/Feb 2017
The issue of corporate “short termism” is closely entwined with compensation.
Beyond Pay: Compensation Committees And Human Capital May/Jun 2020
Executive pay-setting is only one of the new tasks demanded of compensation committees.
In Search Of ESG Board Members Mar/Apr 2020
You will not find these new, diverse directors by sticking to your old Rolodex.
Board Agenda For The New Trump Economy Mar/Apr 2017
Expect major shake-ups in tax policy, production plans and corporate strategies.
Independent Directors For Joint Venture Boards Jan/Feb 2020
Joint ventures are a fast-growing strategic tool. Their governance, however, is lagging.
Board And CEO Performance Evaluations Post-Crisis Jul/Aug 2021
The past year has forced your board to put off evaluation and pay decisions.
Information Technology Governance Nov/Dec 2018
After all the cyber and data danger warnings, how do you change your board to respond?
Board And Director Evaluation Grows Up Jan/Feb 2018
Evaluation has evolved and improved to meet new governance demands.
Integrated Corporate Governance And Stakeholders Sep/Oct 2020
The shareholder versus stakeholder debate may be a false choice.
Board And Third-Party Risk Oversight May/Jun 2017
Are your outside contractors and suppliers putting your company in danger?
Into The Arena: Corporate Political Speech Jul/Aug 2021
Investors and customers increasingly want your company to take public stands. Should you?
Board Chair: A Job For The Girls Nov/Dec 2019
For real progress in board diversity, we need more female chairs.
Is "Age Diversity" The Next Boardroom Concern? Jul/Aug 2018
Does your board have any members born after the Baby Boom?
Board Diversity: An Activist Perspective Nov/Dec 2020
Activist investors have some smart strategic reasons for seeking more diverse boards.
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 Effectiveness: A View From The C-Suite Mar/Apr 2021
What does your executive team really think about your board?
Is Your D&O Coverage Ready For Individual Liability? Jan/Feb 2017
The DOJ’s Yates Memo increases your directors’ lawsuit risk.
Board Engagement Throughout The Company Jan/Feb 2018
The board often seems isolated from the rest of the organization. Here are tools for outreach.
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 Evaluation That Adds Value Sep/Oct 2018
First question: Why are we evaluating?
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 Evaluation: "Feed-Forward" Instead of "Feedback" Nov/Dec 2018
Evaluation focuses too much on past problems, too little on future aspirations.
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: Building Board 2.0 Jan/Feb 2021
Move behond the idea that your current board makeup is the ideal.
My Problem With Stakeholders Jan/Feb 2019
SEC Commissioner Peirce finds board duties to "stakeholders" too vague.
Board Members Can (Almost) Always Resign Nov/Dec 2020
Courts sometimes find that quitting a board in itself is a breach of fiduciary duty.
New Board ABCs: Analyzing Board Composition Jan/Feb 2020
Activist investors now closely review your board makeup. Do it yourself first.
Board Oversight Of Joint Ventures Jan/Feb 2018
Trillions in joint venture investments draw too little board attention.
New Considerations For IPO Governance Jan/Feb 2019
IPO companies launch with strong governance defenses - but investors do not seem to mind.
Board Pay And Governance In The Middle Market May/Jun 2019
Helpful benchmarks on midcap director pay and board practice.
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 Pay: Past, Present And Future Mar/Apr 2017
After years of radical change in the board’s role, have board pay plans kept up?
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 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?
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 Risk Management: A Powerful Approach May/Jun 2020
Board risk oversight demands have risen sharply. The board tools you use may be lagging.
Passing The Board Chair Baton Nov/Dec 2017
Succession planning for board leaders remains weak and inconsistent.
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.
Plain Language: How To Improve Your Company's Disclosure Mar/Apr 2021
Dense, legalistic, corporate speak disclosure can erode investor confidence.
Board Role In Crisis Management Jul/Aug 2020
What best practices has the coronavirus taught us about the board's crisis role?
Professional Director Phenomenon May/Jun 2018
Long frowned upon, the full-time “professional” director is making a comeback.
Board Role In Making ESG Decisions May/Jun 2019
Will corporate social responsibility goals clash with fiduciary duty?
Protecting Board Communication Privilege Jul/Aug 2021
Are your directors sharing sensitive board information with prying eyes?
Board Role In SEC No-Action Letters Sep/Oct 2019
Wise board review for business purpose can convince the SEC.
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?
Board Special Committees And Investigations May/Jun 2021
Chartering a special committee to investigate can expose the board to its greatest risks.
Real Problem In Director Overboarding Nov/Dec 2019
Over-extended board members mean weaker company performance.
Boardroom Wheel Of Misfortune May/Jun 2021
How does the best-practice chair cope with inept, conflicted or bullying board members?
Reasons To Bring Back The Staggered Board Jan/Feb 2019
Did the rush to destagger corporate boards actually cost shareholders money?
Boards And Cyber Security: Are You Insured? Sep/Oct 2017
Ask these questions about covering cyber losses.
Redefining The Lead Independent Director Nov/Dec 2018
How are lead directors using their new powers and responsibilities?
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.
Remote Board Governance: Lessons Learned Sep/Oct 2020
Boards are learning fast how to make online governance better governance.
Boards And Their Stakeholders Sep/Oct 2021
Learn who your key stakeholders are, and what they really want.
Reputation Management And The Board May/Jun 2018
If company reputation is a vital asset, why do boards spend little time on it?
Boards Must Prepare For The GDPR Jul/Aug 2018
Now, potential fines are in the billions for mishandling customer data.
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?
Boards Of Directors: An Underutilized Resource May/Jun 2017
Smart CEOs take full advantage of their board’s hidden talents.
Resolving Boardroom Conflicts Jul/Aug 2021
How to keep boardroom debate from turning into battles.
Bringing #MeToo Into The Boardroom May/Jun 2018
The past year has seen sexual harassment explode as a business issue. How do boards respond?
Road To Strategic Board Refreshment Nov/Dec 2020
Bring the concept of "continuous improvement" to your boardroom.
BRT, Stakeholders And Corporate Purpose Nov/Dec 2019
Is the Business Roundtable move toward stakeholder rights even possible?
SEC Concerns On Cybersecurity Sep/Oct 2018
New SEC guidance requires solid cyber risk and disclosure plans.
Building A Board Of Directors Jul/Aug 2019
Build a smart, effective board from the start for better governance (and for longer CEO lifespan).
Seven Steps To A More Strategic Board Sep/Oct 2019
Today's best practice CEOs turn their boards into a strategic partner.
Building A Board-Savvy Executive Team Jul/Aug 2019
How effective are your managers in communicating with your board?
Shaping Post-COVID Workforce Strategies Jul/Aug 2020
How do you bring furloughed employees back and keep them safe?
Building ESG Into Your Incentive Plans Sep/Oct 2019
Corporate social responsibility will only happen when executives are paid to make it happen.
Shaping Your Board For Cybersecurity Jan/Feb 2019
Evolving best practices for cyber-oversight by board committees.
Building The Board's Relationship With Compliance Mar/Apr 2018
The chief compliance officer and your board need to talk.
Steer Clear Of Political Crossfires May/Jun 2017
America’s political battles are spilling into business and into the boardroom.
Business Restructuring Challenges In The COVID Era Jan/Feb 2021
The pandemic panic makes refinancing tougher…just when you most need it.
Ten Board Questions On Anticorruption Compliance Jul/Aug 2018
Boards may know too little about how management fights bribery and corruption dangers.
Business Roundtable And Stakeholders: One Year Later Nov/Dec 2020
Did the BRT signatories really intend to change the treatment of stakeholders?
Ten Steps Toward Better Director Qualifications May/Jun 2019
Can your new directors meet these standards? If not, do they belong in your boardroom?
C-Level Succession In The Current Crisis Jul/Aug 2020
Unprecedented turmoil drives a re-think of leadership planning.
The Four Tiers Of Board Conflict Of Interest May/Jun 2021
Think your board conflict concerns are straightforward? Think again.
CEO Leadership And The Board Mar/Apr 2020
First-hand advice on how chief executives and boards negotiate power.
The Future Of Global Corporate Governance Mar/Apr 2019
Expect more diverse, more empowered boards, and tougher standards in emerging markets.
CEO Search And The Inside Candidate Nov/Dec 2019
Mishandled CEO succession can cause real trauma within the company.
The Illusion Of Security In Stock Trading Windows Sep/Oct 2018
Your insider trading plans are only a guide, not a fortress.
CEO Selection: The Costs Of Getting It Wrong Jan/Feb 2017
Too many boards fail this crucial responsibility.
The New Tax Reforms: A Board Briefing Mar/Apr 2018
How will this major U.S. tax overhaul change your executive pay plans?
Challenges To Compensation Committees In 2021 Mar/Apr 2021
Pandemic, recession and social unrest force a rethink of your executive pay plans.
Time For Boards To Step Up On Ethics And Compliance Jan/Feb 2019
Why do so many boards ignore their ethics and compliance staff?
Changing Role Of Audit Committees Jul/Aug 2017
As demands on audit committees have exploded, has your board kept up?
Tips And Traps In Corporate Liability Coverage May/Jun 2017
Ways your liability insurance policy may explode just when you need it most.
Compensation Committee And Director Onboarding Sep/Oct 2019
Solid board vetting and training of compensation committee talent still lags.
Trends In Corporate Disclosure Mar/Apr 2020
Many corporations make it difficult for investors to find the information they want.
Compensation Planning For Uncertain Times Jul/Aug 2020
The tidy executive pay plans you set to begin the year are now hopelessly outmoded.
Trends In ESG And Shareholder Activism Sep/Oct 2021
ESG reporting and disclosure are the next activist battlegrounds.
Coronavirus And Your D&O Policies Jul/Aug 2020
Your D&O policy may contain some nasty pandemic loopholes.
True Role Of The Board Of Directors Mar/Apr 2017
A noted fund manager’s thoughts on what an “activist” director really does.
Corporate Secretary’s Governance Role Jan/Feb 2018
Your biggest factor in shaping effective governance is the person taking the minutes.
Understanding The Ransomware Threat Sep/Oct 2021
Defending company data from attack is just the first challenge. What if you must pay up to hackers?
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?
Visionary Board: Building A Culture Of Leadership Sep/Oct 2017
Boards are crucial in nurturing company talent and culture.
Criminalizing The Boardroom Jul/Aug 2019
"Guilty intent" is no longer needed for companies (and their leaders) to face criminal prosecution.
What CISOs Wish They Could Tell Their Boards May/Jun 2018
Information security staff and the board must learn to speak the same language.
Cryptocurrency And Fiduciary Duties May/Jun 2021
Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are a coming trend and require new governance policies.
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.
D&O Coverage In A Time Of Turmoil Mar/Apr 2021
The new normal will trigger a fresh wave of shareholder litigation.
What Has Changed In Your Boardroom? Sep/Oct 2021
A year and a half of COVID crisis is only one of the forces that has reshaped governance.
Dear Chairwoman: Letters To (And From) Women Board Leaders Jul/Aug 2021
Advice, ideas and inspirations from today's woman board chairs to tomorrow's.
What Management Should Know About Boards Jan/Feb 2017
The ground rules of the board/management relationship are shifting. Are you prepared?
Death Of The Corporate Inner Circle May/Jun 2017
The clubby, conflicted boardroom era had its problems, but could the new alternative be worse?
What You Must Disclose On Cybersecurity May/Jun 2020
Coping with overlapping, fast-changing (and sometimes confusing) new rules.
Digital Governance: The Price Of Convenience Nov/Dec 2017
E-mail and board portals make modern governance practical—but also vulnerable.
When Your CEO Is A "Brilliant Jerk" Jan/Feb 2020
What happens when your board has to act as the adult in the boardroom?
Disclosing Your Board CEO Pay Ratio Mar/Apr 2018
Corporations must disclose their CEO median pay ratio this proxy season. Are you ready?
Who Monitors The Market Intermediaries? Sep/Oct 2019
Some of the smallest market players have outsized influence.
Disruption In The Boardroom Jan/Feb 2021
In a time of constant corporate change, why should your board structure stay the same?
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?
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.
Women Board Members And Technology Companies Mar/Apr 2018
Big tech firms offer a valuable diversity model.
Double-Edged Sword Of CEO Activism May/Jun 2019
The public now expects CEOs to take stands--except when they disagree.
Writing Your Board Diversity Policy Jul/Aug 2018
How one board shaped its best practice diversity policy.
Environmental Sustainability As A Board Issue Jul/Aug 2019
"Green" issues are now pounding on the boardroom door. Here are governance best practices.
Your Board's Digital Dangers Jan/Feb 2021
Social media and direct messaging are the new hot zones for your executives.
Facing The New Tide Of Securities Litigation Nov/Dec 2018
Today's lawsuits and enforcement action demand new litigation teams.
Your Post-Crisis Board Evaluation Sep/Oct 2020
Were your board and governance up to the crisis? What needs to change?
Five Board Questions About Black Lives Matter Sep/Oct 2021
Corporate boards are in a unique position to turn rhetoric on race into results.


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