What Is an Executive Agent?

A fleeting moment and anything can change. We often think we have control of what is next, but often we are surprised, confused and found in a place for which we are not ready. There you are, in your executive role, with all indicators that you are performing, its working and everyone, including the board… Read More

How to Time Board Candidate Selection

Capturing your first or even second board seat can take a very long time, a lot of persistence, perseverance and patience. It may have happened for your friend, colleague or neighbor faster than it is happening for you.  If your reason for serving on a corporate board is to compete with your contemporaries or serve… Read More

When Should You Use an Executive Agent?

Over nine years ago, while I was practicing retained executive search in a large firm and a boutique, it became clear to me that retained executive search is broken. On a daily basis, I was receiving calls and requests, asking if I could flip the retained search model.  Was there a better model? Well, I… Read More

A Primer in Board of Directors Compensation

In a prior post, I outlined the components of board of director’s compensation as well as some high points regarding the ranges of compensation in most publicly traded mid-cap companies. In today’s post, I will take a deeper dive into board compensation. This primer is applicable to mid-market companies across several industries including technology, healthcare, manufacturing, real… Read More

How to Prepare for a Board Meeting

Board Member Recruitment

In prior posts, I have discussed various topics related to corporate boards such as board recruitment, timing and compensation.  But what if you have found yourself serving on your first corporate board?  How will you know the steps for effective board meeting preparation? Not only will it help you, but preparation before and between board meetings directly impacts the… Read More