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Board Health, Balance & Timing

Given today’s rapidly changing corporate environment that is fraught with risks, regulations and high demands from investors, the board’s job is more challenging than ever. To ensure the highest level of performance, boards must assess their own board health, effectiveness and balance. Also, if you are an executive who seeks a seat in the boardroom,… 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

Our China Problem

The coronavirus pandemic has exposed, like no crisis before it, just how difficult it has now become for the United States and China to find common cause. One remarkable feature of the past few months has been the near-total lack of communication and cooperation between the world’s two leading powers, who instead have publicly engaged… Read More

The Two Essential Ingredients of a Successful Board

Successful boards are diverse, including a group of dissimilar executives handpicked to support the organization’s strategic goals. Also, they have strong governance. They work within well-defined practices and rules that control the organization, which empowers them to pursue the organization’s strategic goals in a way that mitigates risk. Let’s talk about each of these fundamental… Read More

The Way Forward for Non-Profits

Among all the anxiety that the Coronavirus pandemic has wrought across the United States, there is the added uncertainty about what we will return to when the all-clear signal is finally given.  The post-crisis world will look and feel much different than before, if only because so many people have lost their jobs and life… Read More

How to Build a Deep Bench of Top Talent

One of the top concerns in private equity right now is top talent recruitment. Ideally firms are proactively creating a bench of people that can be called on for the C Suite or the boardroom either before the deal or post-deal. It can take months to conduct a traditional search for experienced executives, so private… Read More

Three Steps to Greater Board Effectiveness

During my daily work of representing C-Suite executives for their interest in independent directorships and partnering with corporate boards by providing them with vetted executives, it is clear to me that investor focus on board performance has reached new levels of intensity. Activist investors who have been historically assertive are now even more aggressive and… Read More