Creating Emotional Safety from Scratch: Tips for Viacom

We’ve been seeing a lot of drama out of the Viacom boardroom in the last several months, but now there is finally some movement forward for the company. Viacom will be replacing their CEO, Phillipe Dauman with Tom Dooley. This comes after a long battle between Dauman and the Redstone family (who control most of […]

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Common Sense Principles In Action: Board Composition and Internal Governance

Recently some of the world’s biggest names in corporate governance and business put together a set of Commonsense Corporate Governance Principles. These eight principles cover just about every aspect of governance and board life so I wanted to take some time to explain how to best implement these principles by using emotional connection. Because there are […]

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Turning Uber Around

We’ve heard the words “Uber” and “turmoil” in the same sentence a lot in recent months. The ridesharing company has been facing trouble from political, internal, and corporate fronts. Most recently, we saw their president of less than a year, Jeff Jones, step down after the CEO asked for his resignation. Jones cited a difference […]

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Board Distress & Productivity: Making A Difference On Your Board

This blog is a summarized version of our article, Dealing with the Shock of Board Distress: An Emotionally Focused Approach – if you would like to read the article in full, click here.  Dysfunctional boards and unsafe board relationships are the aftereffects caused by violation of trust, violation of core values, board discourse, or other shock. […]

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Evolving From Board Conflict: 3 Moves That Helped This Board

Often times a board leader will call for my help when they have a problem to solve. They’ve run into a wall or can’t agree on a solution to move forward. Whether it splits the board evenly or it’s one against six – it always halts progress. Everything stops. But it doesn’t have to. If […]

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Leadership - 02/21/2017

13 Things Emotionally Connected Board Directors Don’t Do

In the last decade, I’ve observed all kinds of different boards. From public to private, big to small, I see the same pattern of interaction over and over again. I can see when a board is struggling and when it’s operating smoothly. The main difference between the two is emotional connection. Board directors who are […]

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Part 2: Dismantling a Lock-In in the Boardroom: An Emotionally Focused Approach to Board Effectiveness

The Board Dynamics Process or BDP is a structured approach that is based on the new science of emotional connection that provides us with a clear map on how board directors can nurture a relationship of trust and connection.   This happens through expanding their emotional responsiveness which helps them move forward. If not addressed, […]

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Lessons in Emotional Connection: Men’s Wearhouse

In 1973, George Zimmer founded Men’s Wearhouse. The brand quickly became a success and we all got used to seeing his face on TV guaranteeing men that “You’re going to like the way you look”. Zimmer was the face of his company and his company was doing well. In 2011 he passed the CEO position […]

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Enabling Greatness: How Boards Can Develop Effective CEOs

The relationship between a CEO and the board can be tricky – especially if the CEO sits on the board. In the past few years we’ve seen CEO turnover increase which means there is a lot of time where the CEO is new to the company. Recently, The River Group put out a report that […]

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