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Board of Directors

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


The ABD Survey: What It Means For Boards

The Alliance for Board Diversity just released its biannual Missing Pieces Report, which measures the representation of women and people of color on the boards of the Fortune 500. The verdict was mixed. There was definitely some good news: the representation of women and minorities reached 34 percent, an all-time high and an almost 3 percent gain from 2016. The number of companies reaching 40 perc...Read More


The Key to Great Leadership May Surprise You

Many years ago, I was elected president of our company’s field leadership association. Brimming with new ideas about how to make our company better, I attended a strategic planning meeting between field officers and company executives, and felt my innovative contributions were quite dazzling. On the drive home I asked the executive vice president, who was traveling with me, for his thoughts on h...Read More

Board of Directors

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

Board of Directors

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

Board of Directors

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

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