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February 11, 2011

How to Create Strategic Plans that Engage the Team

Many organizations today should revisit their strategic plan and the process that built the direction.  Strategic planning processes can be delivered in many different ways.  It’s important to align the team, and start the discussion with independent data about customer […]
February 4, 2011

What Boards, CEOs Can Do to Improve Communication

Directors desire a stronger line of communication with the CEO than is presently acknowledged. Sometimes lack of dialogue is a byproduct of board rules, including requirements for executive sessions without the CEO present. Sometimes it stems from failing to make […]
February 3, 2011

Successful CEOs Share Information With the Board

As we consider regulatory changes for board governance and the business environment gets more complicated, boards and CEOs have to define and clarify their roles and responsibilities.  This will require more direct communication and understanding of strategy. Committing to an […]
January 14, 2011

Continuous Learning Drives Innovation and Results

In our many years of operating a strategic planning firm, one incredible truth has emerged. The commitment to continually learn defines whether people and teams have the energy to innovate and develop strategies that achieve results. As the world continues to evolve economically and politically, global […]
December 15, 2010

Reaching out to Directors

Reaching out to Investors, December, 2010 Most corporate citizens would agree that corporate directors are among their most important and most demanding constituencies. But ironically, we think that Directors are among the most under-served constituencies of all – at least […]
December 4, 2010

Crisis Management: How Ready is Your Board?

BYRD Watch, December 3, 2010 The world as we know it is in a continuous state of change for corporate directors. In the past, work mattered more than process.  With those in Congress and the Executive Branch concerned about another […]
December 2, 2010

Preparing for Change

Directorship.com, Blogs and Opinion, December 1, 2010 Recently, the SEC issued Rule 14a-11 which has major implications for the way shareholders have access to nominating directors to boards.   The implementation of these rules is currently being challenged in court by […]
June 3, 2010

Annual Retreats: Directors Debate Best Practices

Agenda, June 2, 2010 During the holidays, television stations always run a consecutive loop of the yuletide log with a soundtrack of recognizable Christmas songs. It reminds us of shared values and gives people a sense of the holiday spirit […]
March 16, 2010

Opinion: Board Orientation Impacts Shareholder Value

Agenda, March 15, 2010 On Dec. 16, 2009, the  SEC  issued rules that will require  additional commentary in the preparation of the 10K.  Information calling for director qualifications and  contributions to their respective boards will be required. The  questions that […]
February 13, 2010

The New Decade Requires Employee Agility And Motivation

Long Island Business News, February 5-11, 2010 There are countless books on best practices for employee motivation. An Amazon search yields more than 8,000 titles. Combined with lectures and journal articles, you could probably spend the next two years wading […]
December 2, 2009

It’s Time To Refresh Your Board

Directorship, December 2009 The economic recovery continues to be problematic for the county and, as a result, regulatory pressures on  public companies and their boards remain high with no signs of abating.  Instead of waiting until regulatory  bodies start weighing […]
September 10, 2009

Getting Enterprise Risk Management Right

Directorship, September 9, 2009 Boards must mitigate risk by having a clear destination, getting input if needed, reading the dashboard data, and making judgments. I believe in capitalism’s strength and resilience. With the same  survival-of-the-fittest efficiency living organisms have tapped […]
July 10, 2009

The Current Thinking On Corporate Governance

Long Island Business News, July 3-9, 2009 This past month I participated as a panelist at two governance functions – The 3rd Annual Directors Education Workshop sponsored by GE and The Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance at the […]
June 12, 2009

Stay Close to Your Customers to Gain a Competitive Edge

Long Island Business News, June 5-11, 2009 The new normal for many consumers includes eating out once every two weeks instead of every one, getting a haircut every eight weeks instead of six and turning off lights to save on […]
May 6, 2009

Boards Must Balance Power to Maintain Their Integrity

Long Island Business News, May 1-5, 2009 The country’s economic crisis has shed a bright spotlight on the management of companies by chief executive officers and raised questions relating to CEO performance. Billions in taxpayers’ money have been given to […]
January 9, 2009

Corporate Governance: It’s Time for a Close Review

Long Island Business News, January 2-8, 2009 The government bailed out Citigroup. The chief executives of the Big Three automakers asked for $25 billion in loans. There will undoubtedly be more corporations asking the government for financial help. Many people […]
January 2, 2009

A Challenge to Board Leadership: Get Culture Right

Directorship, January 2009 The 2009 Spencer Stuart Board Index was released in October and while there are no huge surprises, I believe the data signals a shifting center of gravity in corporate governance – a move toward independence, commitment, and […]
August 8, 2008

Keep Your Board Members Focused and Productive

Long Island Business News, August 1-7, 2008 Last month, I was delighted to participate in the Yale Governance Forum, an annual event that is organized by The Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance at their Yale School of Management […]
October 13, 2006

Gleaning Leadership Insights from the HP Debacle

Long Island Business News, October 6-12, 2006 As I work on this column, Patricia Dunn, former non-executive chairman of Hewlett-Packard’s board, is preparing to testify before Congress about recent revelations that HP was spying on its own board members. As […]