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Corporate Governance

Fixing Your Nonprofit Board: When Incremental Steps Aren't Enough

Alice Korngold | Posted 05.03.2012 | Impact
Alice Korngold

Assess and enhance your board's composition, practices, and structure based on the direction in which you are taking the organization. This is the path to building a better world.

Executive Compensation in the Nonprofit Sector: Getting It Right

Alice Korngold | Posted 06.22.2012 | Impact
Alice Korngold

What does it mean to get compensation right? And why does it matter so much? Getting it right is called "fair and reasonable" by the IRS. It's what the law requires, it's what any CEO wants, and it's what any donor and member of the public expects.

Google's Stock Split Irks Governance Experts, but Is the Right Move

Bill George | Posted 06.19.2012 | Business
Bill George

Ultimately, actions like Google's will make the U.S. more competitive as companies invest in people, research, and facilities to ensure their long-term success.

Will the SEC Push Back?

Robert A.G. Monks | Posted 06.11.2012 | Home
Robert A.G. Monks

So why the hue and cry -- why the determination to slay a "beast" barely visible from the towering heights of the Shareholders Communication Coalition? No surprise, the answer is money.

'This Is Alice Korngold, She's an Activist'

Alice Korngold | Posted 03.13.2012 | Good News
Alice Korngold

By sixteen I could have been the poster child for a crisis nursery, domestic violence shelter, and rape crisis center. On the positive side, however, I grew up in a neighborhood with friends from many countries, religions, and races.

Imaginary Boards: The Secret to a Better World

Alice Korngold | Posted 03.06.2012 | Impact
Alice Korngold

Imagine the board also fulfilling a fourth duty: the duty of imagination -- envisioning the greater potential of the organization to advance the community it serves.

Forget CSR And CSV, Let's Go For CGV -- Corporate Global Vision

Alice Korngold | Posted 02.19.2012 | Impact
Alice Korngold

If companies and their boards of directors truly commit to a corporate global vision of justice, businesses can make greater profits than they ever imagined and people throughout the world would have food on their tables and live in peace.

Banks Will Remain Unaccountable Until (Share) Owners Hold Directors Personally Liable

Jack Ucciferri | Posted 02.01.2012 | Business
Jack Ucciferri

Hopefully the next time a bank commits a crime, the guys who fell asleep at the wheel won't have their defense paid for out of your retirement account. We'll only see improvements in banks when directors are liable.

Public Corporations Are Not Democracies, But They Should Be

Jack Ucciferri | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Jack Ucciferri

While it is true that CEO's dominate contemporary corporate governance, it need not be so. It should not be so. In theory, it is not so.

Put Shorts On The Board

Margaret Heffernan | Posted 01.21.2012 | Business
Margaret Heffernan

Boards are biased, too like-minded, made up of friends who are typically cronies uncomfortable with conflict. Worse still, in most of our leading corporations today, the positions of Chairman and CEO are held by the same person.

The Wisdom of Family Firms: Lessons Learned from the Financial Crisis

Dr. Pablo Hafner | Posted 11.23.2011 | Business
Dr. Pablo Hafner

At the outset of the financial crisis, most people thought that large public corporations would be best prepared to withstand the blow. They were wrong.

Corporate Boards in a Time of Change, Uncertainty, and Rising Expectations

Lucy P. Marcus | Posted 11.14.2011 | Business
Lucy P. Marcus

I think the most exciting and important development is that there is greater public awareness of corporate governance and boards, which is vital. It's no longer a black box, or a mysterious room.

Say 'Corporatization,' Not 'Privatization'

Ken Allen | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics
Ken Allen

We may say that functions are moved to the "private sector," but they are almost invariably taken over by corporations. It is not truly a "private sector" to which they are moved, but the corporate sector.

A Second Wave of Corporate Governance in the Middle East and North Africa

Dr. Hischam El-Agamy | Posted 10.11.2011 | World
Dr. Hischam El-Agamy

In the Middle East and North Africa, the Second Wave of corporate governance will be stimulated because of the region's extraordinary need for growth and enhancement in the welfare of its citizens.

Forming A Board Of Directors: 5 Things You Need To Know

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Charlotte Jensen | Posted 08.09.2011 | Home

Thinking about forming a board of directors for your business? First, you should probably figure out if you really need one. While a formal board of d...

Future Proofing the Boardroom: Today's Agendas

Lucy P. Marcus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lucy P. Marcus

The board room agenda is going through a reformation. What are some of the essential things that boards and board members need to think about? Five areas need an update.

Corporate People

Rich Nadworny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rich Nadworny

A lot of people got very worked up last year over the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. The more I read the news these days, the more I think those justices might be on to something.

Future Proofing the Boardroom: Grounding and Stargazing

Lucy P. Marcus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lucy P. Marcus

The role of modern corporate boards is the juxtaposition of grounding and stargazing. Grounding is about making sure that the company fulfills all o...

Beyond Optics: Why Board Diversity Really Matters

Lucy P. Marcus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lucy P. Marcus

Clearly, it looks odd these days for a board to be comprised of only white men, but does diversity make a difference in real economic terms? Does it actually affect the bottom line?

The Role of Non-Executive Board Directors Today

Lucy P. Marcus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lucy P. Marcus

As a non-executive board director, I have been thinking a great deal about what it means to do this role in today's environment.

Upgrade to the Human Operating System

Dov Seidman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dov Seidman

The governance operating system is based on an underlying assumption that employees act in their self-interest. This operating system worked perfectly fine for decades, until leaders began calling on employees for other things besides productivity.

Kahan and Rock and the Problem With Proxy Access

Robert Teitelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Teitelman

Proxy access comes down to this: If you give long-term shareholders (meaning those who own 3% of the shares for three years) easy access to board nominations, they will finally be able to perform their monitoring function adequately.

The Credit CARD Act Is No Match for Wall Street's Ingenuity

Donna Flagg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Donna Flagg

Several years back, I ran a large team building event for a company on Wall Street. The men and women vibrated with intelligence and sparkled with charisma. But something about that day has recently come back to haunt me.

Why Oracle's CEO Should Be Fired and Its Board Sued by Shareholders

Georges Ugeux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Georges Ugeux

Compensation of CEOs is generally deemed outrageous. But what is now at stake, is that, while the amounts themselves are outrageous, their correlation to performance is questionable, too.

Quota Me on This: U.S. Companies Should Enact Board Quotas

Dr. Sasha Galbraith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dr. Sasha Galbraith

Should the United States jump on the female quota bandwagon? Norway has had a quota law in place for the past four years stipulating that all publicly...