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Board composition
How to Triple the Number of Women Appointed to Boards in Three Years
by Glenn Kelman and Bridget Frey

Only a month before Twitter hosted 2013’s most highly anticipated public offering, The New York Times’s Claire Cain Miller asked why the company’s board of directors was entirely male. The article jolted an industry accustomed to seeing itself as an enlightened alternative to traditional business...

Strategy & innovation
Killing Complexity Before Complexity Kills Growth  
by Ron Kermisch and Jed Fallis

How to restore a Founder’s Mentality, including intolerance for bureaucracy Why do so many companies lose their way? When companies are just starting out, they have no problem identifying the path before them. The founders know where they’re headed, who their customers are and how they hope to...

Board supervision
The 3 Essential Things Your Board Must Get Right
by Boardspan

Today’s boards operate amid the pressures of ever-increasing business complexity, technological disruptions, fluid regulatory environments, shareholder activism, cybersecurity threats, and more. Through these choppy seas, a board is charged with keeping the ship pointed toward success in both the...

Culture
6 Ways to Promote a Healthy Company Culture
by Ann Skeet

Given allegations of bad behavior by employees and leaders of a number of companies, board directors might be asking themselves how best to insure that corporate cultures are healthy. Of course the most direct way to find out is to ask. Many companies are reluctant to do so, concerned that con...

Blog
Where We've Been, Where We're Going
by The Boardspan Team

The year 2017 was a rollicking one for boards, with pressure building on all sides— from activist investors, the media, institutional shareholders, and all who are concerned about sexual harassment in the workplace.  We culled six prevailing topics from the year's board news, which we consider to...

Team building
Are Next-Gen Leaders Ready to Rise to the Board Challenge?
by Tom Monahan, Chairman & CEO, CEB

Anyone who has ever gone to the “investors” section of a company’s website knows that corporate governance is not the sexiest of topics. While it seems that almost every category of people and/or type of profession has become fair game for reality television, one of the last safe places may actua...

Compliance
Environmental & Human Rights Assume a New Urgency for Boards
by Olivier Jaeggi

The regulatory landscape around these issues is changing, and company leaders need to know. Board members are at risk of being seen as negligent — and therefore potentially accountable — if they fail to pay adequate attention to environmental and human rights issues. In 2015, regulators exp...

Leadership
The Best Way to Align Leaders: Disagree, Debate, Repeat
by David Michels

When Uber announced in mid-June that it would organize a 14-person governing body to run the company while its CEO had a time-out, critics immediately pounced on the idea. How on earth could you run a fast-charging tech company with such an unwieldy group? How would all those leaders align? Th...

Risk management
Why Getting Directors on Board with Risk Management Matters
by Christopher Ittner

When the idea of corporate risk management was only related to financial risks, it was simple to see where on the org chart responsibility for it should fall. In today’s business world, it’s much more complicated, and regulators have been pushing boards to do more oversight. Wharton accountin...

Exec. evaluation & comp
Haven’t Done a CEO 360 Review? You Should!
by Boardspan

Every board wants its CEO to thrive--and there’s one simple thing all boards can do to improve the odds: Offer FEEDBACK. It’s surprising how many boards expect top performance from their executives, but only give feedback when they have a specific disagreement or concern about performance metrics...

Cyber security
Corporate Governance in the Age of Cyber Risks
by In collaboration with RANE (Risk Assistance Network and Exchange)

Corporate Governance in the Age of Cyber Risks Corporate boardrooms are waking up to the encroaching, systemic threat of cybersecurity risks. But while awareness is growing — more than 80% of boards now discuss cybersecurity at most, if not all, of their meetings — many directors simply are no...

Featured
The 2018 Boardroom: 7 Issues That Shouldn't Take You By Surprise
by The Boardspan Team

Our best advice for 2018: Don’t be daunted—be prepared! If 2017 taught us anything, it is that the work of boards is intensifying. The increasing complexity of business, rapidly evolving technologies, and widespread support for social changes are among the daunting issues that boards face. There’...

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Board composition +
Refreshing Your Board of Directors
Patrick R. Dailey, Ph.D. and Joel M. Koblentz
Battle For the Boardroom
Ludo Van der Heyden and Chris Howells
Night of the Living Board
Matt Palmquist
Strategy & innovation +
The "Third Team" Approach to Board Effectiveness
Denis Mowbray and Coral Ingley (both from Auckland University of Technology)
Tapping The Strategic Potential of Boards
Chinta Bhagat, Martin Hirt, and Conor Kehoe
Board supervision +
Best Practices: Non Profit Governance
McDermott Will & Emery
Value-Focused Corporate Governance
Christian Orglmeister, Marcos Aguiar, and Daniel Azevedo
The Trouble With Too Much Board Oversight
Olubunmi Faleye, Rani Hoitash and Udi Hoitash
Culture +
Team building +
Collaborate Better
Leigh Thompson
Five Things Every CEO Must Do in the Next Era of Globalization
Hans-Paul Bürkner, Arindam Bhattacharya, and Jorge Becerra
Outgoing CEOs Shouldn't Pick Their Replacements
David F. Larcker, Stephen A. Miles, and Brian Tayan
Compliance +
Leadership +
Risk management +
Exec. evaluation & comp +
Surviving the Sophomore Slump: Moves That Matter The Most
Roselinde Torres, Judy Johnson, James M. Citrin, and Susan S. Hart
Leapfrog Succession: Trend in Appointing CEOs
Roselinde Torres, Gerry Hansell, Kaye Foster, and David Baron
Cyber security +
Why Senior Leaders Are On The Front Line Against Cyberattacks
Tucker Bailey, James Kaplan, and Chris Rezek
Are You In the Dark about Shadow IT?
Ryan Shadle and Brian Turley
Corporate Governance in the Age of Cyber Risks
In collaboration with RANE (Risk Assistance Network and Exchange)
The Board's Role in Cyber-Security
Richard Clarke and Jacob Olcott
Featured +
Agitators and Reformers: How to Respond to Activist Investors
Josh Hinkel, Henrik Poppe, Martin Toner and Chuck Whitten
Harassment Not Tolerated: 6 Questions Every Board Should Ask
Abby Adlerman, Mary Cranston, and Amy Schioldager