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How Big Is Too Big?

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The best boards closely monitor their director count.
 
The median number of board members in the Russell 3000 has remained stable over the past five years, growing from 9.0 in 2016 to 9.1 in 2020, according to Corporate Board Practices in the Russell 3000, S&P 500 and S&P MidCap 400: 2021 Edition. But that median number hides the fact that the number of companies with smaller boards (fewer than six directors) declined, while those with larger boards generally increased in percentage.
 

When Stress Strikes the Boardroom

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Eight characteristics of the courageous board.

Dangerous Managerial Liaisons: Distortions, Misdirection and Fad Terminology

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Boards can help the C-suite avoid the perils of short-term thinking.

How the Board Can Build Trust in the Company

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High trust generates significant shareholder value.

Customers prefer to deal with companies they trust, even if they have to pay more. In a survey I conducted, I found that customers are willing to pay a 29.6% premium to a company they trust. 

New Life for Captive Insurance Subsidiaries

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There are updated options for boards of Delaware corporations seeking D&O insurance.
 
Under recently adopted legislation, boards of Delaware corporations may use a captive insurance company to provide or supplement their directors & officers (D&O) insurance coverage.
 

Pay Is Not the Only Factor in Retention

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Build an employee value proposition. 
 
The Great Resignation has put retention on the agenda of many boards. Rather than simply reacting — prioritizing pay raises or special packages to stay competitive  — directors can engage management toward a proactive approach.
 

Thank You for Your Service

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As publisher of Directors & Boards, the question I am most frequently asked is “How can I get on a board?” The second most frequently asked question is “What makes for a great board?” In his President’s Letter for the March 2022 edition of our sister publication, Private Company Director, my son, Bill, answers the former question. This column will address the latter.
 

Jack of All Trades, Master of None

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While the debate over board focus on environmental and social issues has dominated popular attention for the last two years, a similar — though unexpected — controversy may be brewing. It centers on the idea of how many boards is too many for an individual director and whether there should be an exception to tight limits for certain directors.
 

Law or No Law, Diverse Boards Reap Benefits

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Build diversity into your board’s composition game plan.