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Can You Find My Data Now?

Tom Garrubba | Posted 02.07.2017 | Business
Tom Garrubba

Marketing has brought many familiar catch phrases into popularly accepted lexicon, including "where's the beef?" and "do you hear me now?". However, i...

Tone At The Top: Culture Counts -- The Wells Fargo Saga

Tom Garrubba | Posted 10.28.2016 | Business
Tom Garrubba

"Tone at the Top" has become an often-quoted mantra in business circles but it appears to have shed a rather dim light when evidenced by the continuin...

The World is Looking to the US for Third Party Risk Guidance

Tom Garrubba | Posted 09.13.2016 | Business
Tom Garrubba

As more organizations here in North America and overseas increasingly utilize third party vendors with a global presence to perform critical functions, process key transactions and provide exposure to sensitive proprietary information, those organizations with mature third party risk (TPR) programs are receiving a loud call to provide assistance to those new to the TPR field.

This Is Why It's Time to Rethink the Presidential Campaign

Aaron Michel | Posted 05.24.2016 | Business
Aaron Michel

From the standpoint of a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, this presidential election looks crazy -- for reasons that are different than you might think. ...

'Yes People' Will Kill Your Business: It's Time to Identify and Engage Your Advisors

Ciara Pressler | Posted 05.04.2016 | Business
Ciara Pressler

One of the worst things you can do as an entrepreneur (or celebrity, or politician, or, ahem, combination of all the above) is to surround yourself with Yes People: those who have an interest in hiding reality from you for their own benefit.

So...You Want to be a Non-Profit Board Member?

Natalie Kennedy | Posted 03.04.2017 | Impact
Natalie Kennedy

With its high population density, Singapore is no stranger to competition; and given its relative wealth, Singapore has fewer charities per population than the other cities above. But why are there so many hands up in Singapore for so few opportunities? 

Getting to "Reasonable" With the SAFETY Act

Brian E. Finch | Posted 02.23.2017 | Business
Brian E. Finch

While an executive or board member has every right to ask about a company's cybersecurity posture, the problem is that CIOs generally do not have the ...

Study: Companies With Strong Female Leadership Perform Better. Now What?

Amy Jo Martin | Posted 01.27.2017 | Business
Amy Jo Martin

If more women leadership equals more profit, what company wouldn't want more women in leadership? How do we accelerate the pace of women gaining leadership positions?

Trust in Boards: A Leading Indicator of Performance

Harlan Loeb | Posted 01.25.2017 | Business
Harlan Loeb

Corporate boards today confront one blockbuster challenge after another, from corruption to product defect to employee mistrust to cybercrime. As a re...

"Business Judgment Rule" Protections Come With Requirements

Brad Reid | Posted 09.01.2016 | Business
Brad Reid

While there is a presumption that directors and officers act with due care on an informed basis in a good faith belief that their actions are in the best interest of the corporation, the presumption is not absolute.

Why Pope Francis Should Join My Board of Directors

Paul Caccamo | Posted 06.30.2016 | Sports
Paul Caccamo

Youth sports are in desperate need of reform. Less and less kids are playing sports in America and kids from disadvantaged economic backgrounds are s...

A Message to Corporate Leaders Post Charleston

Melissa J. Nixon | Posted 06.22.2016 | Business
Melissa J. Nixon

I can only imagine what it was like in many corporate offices post the tragedy of Charleston on the Thursday that followed such a devastating event. I can remember many times when I was in a corporate environment not wanting to go into work because of national events that happened revolving around race.

The Only 3 True Interview Questions for Potential Board Directors

George Bradt | Posted 06.10.2016 | Business
George Bradt

In general, the only three true job interview questions are all about strengths, motivation and fit. The questions always apply, but the focus and answers need to be different for potential members of boards of directors.

For Good Grantmaking, It All Comes Back to Good Governance

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 05.13.2016 | Business
Kathleen P. Enright

Before I came to Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, I spent more than five years at BoardSource, a national organization focused on improving nonprofit governance. I have to admit, at the time I fancied myself a bit of a governance expert. I was wrong.

How Boards and Management Best Create Value Together

George Bradt | Posted 05.12.2016 | Business
George Bradt

At their core, Boards of Directors make strategic decisions and provide oversight, while Management makes recommendations and manages implementation. The best do these together, complementing and supporting the other's roles and strengths. So easy to say.

At Last: A Quota for German Supervisory Boards

Ellevate | Posted 05.07.2016 | Women

A 30% women's quota has come to German supervisory boards. I know there are many males who share the joy and hope to change the transparency in German administrative boards.

McDonald's Serves up Reputation With Fries

Chris Komisarjevsky | Posted 04.06.2015 | Business
Chris Komisarjevsky

Clearly, Easterbrook had heard the wake-up call, taking serious note of the recent troubles, the escalating push for salary increases and the increasing competition from other burger quick-serve restaurants.

Nonprofit and Business Directors Must Be Vigilant -- Board Liability Costs Could Be $2.2 Million!

Eugene Fram | Posted 06.05.2015 | Business
Eugene Fram

Based on the outcome of the Lemington Homes case precedent cited above, not being rigorous about their due care evaluation responsibilities can be very costly to nonprofit and possibly for-profit directors.

Invite Your Customer Into the Boardroom

Hans Hickler | Posted 05.17.2015 | Business
Hans Hickler

Adding customer discussions to the Board agenda is an important part of a broader customer engagement strategy with the board, including the regular review of customer survey results, engagement metrics, segmentation reviews.

Gender Quotas in the Boardroom Keep Marching On

Susan Bloch | Posted 05.12.2015 | Business
Susan Bloch

Stakeholders -- investors, customers and the workforce are demanding change. The U.S. can't be seen to lag behind Europe. We need to rectify an imbalance rooted in dated stereotypes and male-dominated cultures. If quotas are not the solution, we need to revise recruitment strategies and processes, to ensure we find qualified women.

Career Lessons I Learned From Kai Kight

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 05.02.2015 | Business
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

Recently, I participated on a panel for the Council of Alumni Association Executives in Scottsdale, Arizona. A highlight during the event was a presentation by Kai Kight who identifies himself as an innovator, speaker, violinist, and entrepreneur.

100 Million Reasons to Be Thankful

Jay Scott | Posted 04.08.2015 | Impact
Jay Scott

While the common conjecture may be that summer is the most important time for us here at Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, the beginning of the year brings with it some special inspiration as well.

Should Boards of Directors Communicate With Shareholders? Vanguard Says Yes. Many Directors Say No.

Lex Suvanto | Posted 03.26.2015 | Business
Lex Suvanto

Director-shareholder engagement may not advisable for every board for a number of legitimate reasons. But there is no question it is an emerging practice. Those who have engaged say it is worthwhile and can be a powerful strategy to strengthen shareholder relationships in an age of increasing investor activism.

The São Paulo Stock Exchange Expansion Would Be a Good Move

Susan Perkins | Posted 03.08.2015 | Latino Voices
Susan Perkins

Though the LatAm capital markets are fighting to ward off further downward movement due to stumbling oil prices and weakening currencies, one long-term strategy that will continue to bring more liquidity to these markets is better corporate governance practices.

Taking the Time to Learn in Transition: How the Ford Foundation Board Revamped the Traditional CEO Search

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 01.11.2015 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

GEO recently convened a diverse group of foundation trustees and CEOs at the Ford Foundation in New York. This meeting was constructed as an opportuni...