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Why Can't Boards Get CEO Succession Right?

Nell Minow | Posted 03.22.2017 | Business
Nell Minow

It's been 25 years since Professor Jeffrey Sonnenfeld's landmark book The Hero's Farewell vividly documented the challenges and failures of CEO succession planning at large publicly traded companies, and not much has changed beyond the exponential growth in what the top executives get paid.

Hey, Corporate Director!

Edward Guiliano, Ph.D. | Posted 12.20.2014 | Technology
Edward Guiliano, Ph.D.

The campaign to stop cyber-crime begins with educating the next wave of professionals, but ongoing education and idea exchange are the ultimate keys to confronting cybercrime on the ground and in the boardroom.

Leadership Tips for College Presidents and CEOs

Barry Glassner | Posted 07.30.2014 | College
Barry Glassner

At a time when the college presidency has become a high-risk occupation and CEO turnover is accelerating, with 131 leaving their jobs in January alone, maybe they could benefit from some words of wisdom.

Non-Profit Boards, Old Boy Club? No

Keven Bellows | Posted 06.08.2014 | Business
Keven Bellows

It's not that those of us who value our cultural and charitable institutions aren't grateful for the good work of the men interviewed. But it's appalling and unfair that even in non-profits where women are outstanding leaders, men still get the spotlight!

Ryan Grim

Exclusive Data Paints Troubling Picture Of Skyrocketing CEO Pay | Ryan Grim | Posted 02.14.2014 | Business

The rise in U.S. income inequality in recent decades is largely due to massive wealth accumulating at the top of the income scale. The press and popul...

Large Shareholders Join Forces With Corporate Directors to Defeat Hedge Fund Locusts

Nell Minow | Posted 04.13.2014 | Business
Nell Minow

Sam Levenson once observed, "The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common enemy." The same could be said for a new alliance between groups who have often been at odds: large institutional shareholders and corporate directors.

The Resolution All Entrepreneurs Should Make

Lili Balfour | Posted 02.22.2014 | Business
Lili Balfour

For 2014, my resolution is to become the student and learn from other thought leaders. I've made it a point to read one book per month.

Great Year-End Good News for Women in Business

Keven Bellows | Posted 02.16.2014 | Business
Keven Bellows

It may seem a no-brainer to put a woman in charge of a car company when women buy more than half the new cars in America, influence 85% of all automobile purchases and spend $200 billion a year on new cars and servicing, but it's taken over 100 years!!

Directors Serving as Officers May Not Have Business Judgment Rule Protection

Brad Reid | Posted 09.10.2013 | Business
Brad Reid

Directors need to be informed concerning not only the law of the state in which they act but also the law of the state of incorporation.

Outrageous Executive Compensation: Corporate Boards, Not the Market, Are to Blame

Ed Lawler | Posted 12.17.2012 | Business
Ed Lawler

If boards do not reduce how much executives are compensated, there is a good possibility that further government regulations will be created and that large shareholders will become more active.

Run It Like a Business? Really?

Patricia McGuire | Posted 08.22.2012 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Let's stop trashing academic governance while exalting corporate governance as perfect. There's a need for governance reform in many businesses, and it all coalesces around innovation, speed to market, inclusion of those affected and ethics.

Risk-Taking Women Will Destroy World, Say Male Economists

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 03.28.2012 | Business

In the male-female divide, women are the careful ones, right? The ones more likely than men to buckle their seatbelts, less likely to funnel whiskey a...

Fixing Dysfunctional Boards

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 11.30.2011 | Business
Mark Goulston, M.D.

What do Hewlett Packard, Yahoo, Bank of America, Sprint-Nextel, AMD, Moody's, Best Buy, Cisco, Goldman Sachs, Sears and GE have in common?

Directors Must Create Transnational Standards of Conduct

Brad Reid | Posted 09.17.2011 | Business
Brad Reid

I remind business leaders to create governance and integrity standards with this issue of extraterritoriality in mind.

Boards Must Communicate Core Values That Guide Decision Making

Brad Reid | Posted 09.07.2011 | Business
Brad Reid

The recent verdict in the Casey Anthony trial and the unfolding controversy surrounding News of the World illustrate the inherent uncertainty in our w...

Turn Up the Heat on the Insurance Industry

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

A few hundred people serve on the boards of the nation's largest health insurance companies. They, the industry they serve, and the politicians who do their bidding, need to be held accountable.

John McCain's New Populism?

Diane Francis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Diane Francis

McCain can "pledge" to reform Wall Street business practices all he wants, but he hasn't walked the walk in the Senate in past years, nor has his party ever done so.