Broken Bonds: Wells Fargo Board Rebuilding Trust Through Emotional Connection

After intense scandals, boards have a limited time to regain their composure and start rebuilding trust. This is certainly the case for Wells Fargo. Their recent scandal has left shareholders, employees, investors, the government, and the public with a bad taste in their mouth (to put it lightly). Some effects have been immediate with business […]

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Three Great Reasons To Have Women as Board Directors

Recently I completed two webinars for Women in the Boardroom. This got me thinking about the issue of diversity that is becoming more and more prominent in corporate governance. When you bring on the right people for the board with expertise, experience, and passion, women will naturally come into the mix, but I wanted to […]

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Why M&As Fail – For CEOs and Board Members

Some say that the reason why some M&As don’t succeed is because board members can’t agree and have too many differences. But research shows that is not a good indicator, it is an easy one to see but the real problem is distance. It is whether you have moments on your board where you feel […]

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Appreciating the Life Bill Campbell: A Leader of Emotional Connection in the Boardroom

On April 18th, 2016 we lost a true leader and innovator. Bill Campbell was an amazing Chairman and CEO in Silicon Valley. He worked with tech giants including Google, Apple, and Intuit. He played the role of mentor to major CEOs in Palo Alto and added value to the companies and people he worked with. […]

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Accountability and Assessing Performance for Directors and CEOs

Complacency is easy to settle into in the boardroom. It is tempting to see your board as doing just fine and leave it at that. When you begin talking about accountability and assessments, tension usually fills the air and board members tend to get nervous or defensive. To be the best board possible and make […]

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Three Steps to Improve Board Performance

Board members want to ensure the company’s success. They focus on making sure that decisions they make will benefit the company and its shareholders. In order for them to resolve problems successfully and be productive, board members need to feel safe and secure with each other. When board members don’t feel secure and safe they […]

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How CEOs and Directors Can Implement Appreciation & Recognition

Motivation and inspiration play a key role in board performance. One of the easiest ways to increase these two elements of performance is by improving appreciation and recognition among your directors and CEO. There are several ways to show appreciation to your board. When we say “appreciation and recognition” people usually assume we are referring […]

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When To Hire Outside Counsel – A CEOs Guide

When a board faces any type of crossroads where a big decision is required—but especially in the case of a hostile takeover attempt—hiring outside counsel can assist directors in making the best decisions for the company. Outside counsel can explain fiduciary duties owed by directors to the company. Clearly identifying duties and reassuring directors that […]

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How Emotional Connections Affect Your Board of Directors

Most CEOs get nervous when I start talking about emotions. There is a thought process out there that says “emotions don’t belong in the boardroom”. I’m here to tell you that that could not be more wrong. I’m not saying we all need to hold hands, but we do need to address the fact that […]

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