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Board of Directors

The Secret Sauce for Raising 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 and should b...Read More

Diversity

Advancing Women Into Leadership Roles: 8 Ways Forward

 

Women are underrepresented at every level, and women of color are the most underrepresented group of all, lagging behind white men, men of color, and white women. Companies report that they are highly committed to gender diversity. But that commitment has not translated into meanin...Read More

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

Diversity

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

CEO

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

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