BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Surprising Secrets to Assessing Board Performance

  The need for high-performing and accountable board leadership is ever increasing as the complexities of the business environment continue to dramatically change. How can boards keep up and optimally operate in these dynamic and often volatile markets?   Board assessments continue to be a great tool and resource to the board, but they have to go beyond the same old, same old an...Read More

Becoming a “Purposeful” Board

When we think of inspirational words, we often think of those from great leaders: the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Winston Churchill. We don’t often think of contemporary corporate titans, whom we assume are too busy thinking about financial strategy, tumult in global markets, and long-term gains to take pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) to give us inspira...Read More

7 Ways Board Directors Can Add Value

According to the National Association of Corporate Directors, the two top issues for boards in 2017-2018? Significant industry changes and business model disruption.   Never before have boards played such an important role in asking probing questions of management, and bringing an outside perspective into the boardroom to ensure that the company is not blindsided by emerging technologie...Read More

The Keys to Building a Better Board

Diversity has become a hot topic for boards. Why is board diversity so difficult? Unlike in Europe and other places, most U.S. boards don’t have term limits, so as a result, you don’t have as much fluidity around the movement of individuals off boards in order to bring new blood into the boardroom. I serve on a boarding where there are term limits. It gives the CEO and the ...Read More

What Makes Top Talent Want to Work for You

In one of my former lives, I served as Assistant to the President and Director of Presidential Personnel in the Clinton White House. As you can imagine it was a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week position.   Many very smart people seek the opportunity to work in any presidential administration. It was a privilege to work at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, no matter your role. The most valued were the...Read More

How to Make Peace with the Shareholder Activist Movement

Shareholder activists have been portrayed as modern-day pirates, forcing loyal board members and management to walk the plank while they plunder vulnerable companies. It’s time to dispel that myth, starting with the primary differentiator. The rogues of yore took treasures that didn’t belong to them; today’s activist investors want to enhance the value of an asset they already own for mutual...Read More

Age-Old Leadership Paradox Desperately Seeks Update

There is an age-old paradox searching for an update that unfortunately isn't as easy as downloading an app. It varies based on who you talk to but goes something like this: leadership used to guide and manage large organizations remains in short supply. The war for talent is either over or just getting started. At the same time, there is an abundance of eminently qualified managers achieving resul...Read More

With Disruption Ahead for U.S. Telecom, is the Right Leadership in Place?

By so many outward measures, telecom in the U.S. is booming. Consumers are ever more committed to their mobile phones. Research from Deloitte reveals that 86% of mobile phone users check their phone within an hour of waking. They access ever larger quantities of data, video, and other content on their phones and they upgrade to ever smarter phones seemingly at every chance.   The mobile...Read More

The Most Important Leadership Quality

Is there one? There are innumerable books, masses of research, and a plethora of answers telling us about the hallmarks of successful leaders. I love Adam Bryant’s 5: passionate curiosity, battle-hardened confidence, team smarts, simple mindset, and fearlessness.   Here are some other qualities you will see as you comb the web: honesty, communication, delegation, humor, confidence, co...Read More

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