June 6, 2023

Culpability for the recent financial crisis can be shared among many parties, i

June 2, 2023

Boards must carefully evaluate their organizations’ risk functions to make sure

June 1, 2023

The treatment of a director on the occasion of their retirement reflects a comp

May 31, 2023

What Directors Are Thinking


May 31, 2023

A book review by Howard Brod Brownstein

May 31, 2023

When looking to incentivize behavior tied to ESG goals, time-honored principles

May 31, 2023

To achieve their desired goals, boards must analyze their decision-making proce

Activism Run Amok

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Unnecessary shareholder activism is a solution in search of a problem.

Culture Alignment: The Hidden Killer of M&A Success

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The success of a merger depends on identifying cultural differences at the outset and developing a strategy to manage them.

There is no shortage of priorities seeking a director’s time and attention today. Among the many topics ranking highly on the Gartner 2023 Board of Directors Survey are sustainability, digital transformation, DEI, and fiscal and monetary policy. Culture does not make it onto this list. 

Who Should Serve on the Board When Times Get Tough?

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To emerge unscathed from the turbulence, you need the right directors — and they should know how to help your company.

Think Like an Activist

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Success in the age of shareholder activism means knowing how activists operate, and perhaps welcoming them onto your board.

Stakeholder Capitalism Is Smart Capitalism

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Following the example of Henry Ford, capitalism should generate corporate profits while also benefiting the people who make that profit possible. 

Directors: Are Your Companies Really Unique?

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Board members must guide their companies toward solutions that their customers truly need, not products that have worked in the past. 

Cybersecurity Strategy Requires an Engaged Board

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Directors must understand the impact of cyber solutions and the value they bring to the organization.

Not a week goes by, it seems, without a news headline discovering another cybersecurity breach — whether it affects U.S. lawmakers or millions of consumers. Constant cyber threats have captured the attention of boards of directors across the country, with 88% of them now viewing cyber incidents as a business risk, according to the 2022 Gartner Board of Directors Survey.

Two Models of Leadership and Service

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Directors should embody the traits and values of Martin Lipton and the late Ann Korologos.

Do Responsible Special Awards Have to Be an Oxymoron?

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For boards, special awards can be a vital way to retain high-level talent in a competitive marketplace.

When it comes to retaining executive management, boards face multiple hurdles: an active talent market, volatile stock prices, mixed financial performance and go-forward economic uncertainty. As a result, boards have a growing interest in special equity awards to fend off recruiters and partially compensate executives for target pay that was not fully realized. Are special awards a good solution?

Chief Compliance Officers Are In the Crosshairs

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Boards must make sure their CCOs are up to date on important policies and procedures related to corporate malfeasance, and that they take action.