Archive for July, 2012


July 31, 2012


college papers p>In my first week of practicing law, a senior partner at the firm had some great advice for me:  ask questions.  He went on to tell me that the firm was always nervous when new associates didn’t ask

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July 30, 2012


By now, most of the business world is familiar with the growing scandal at the British bank, Barclays PLC.  Although the story continues to unravel, it began a little over a month ago after it was disclosed that Barclays had

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July 28, 2012


The other day I attended a Board of Directors meeting for one of the organizations I am involved in.  At one point during the meeting I looked around the room at the other board members and I noticed something: more

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July 26, 2012


More private companies, particularly those that are closely held, are creating corporate advisory boards as a means of gaining an independent outside perspective on their business and to utilize the collective points of view to move the enterprise forward in

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In any setting, arrogance is dangerous.  As a society, we appreciate confidence as a characteristic of leadership.  However, that appreciation wanes when confidence crosses over the line to arrogance – marked by a sense of immunity from error or folly. 

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When compared with private and public company boards, non-profit organizations have the toughest road to traverse in terms of board member recruitment.  The overwhelming majority of non-profits do not compensate their board of directors for their service so it is

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One of the more common questions I receive from board members is: “how do you get rid of a fellow board member?” Not qualified; fails to attend board/committee meetings; not a good fit; or perhaps is a distraction because of

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I don’t know Marissa Mayer, the recently appointed CEO of Yahoo, but by all accounts she is an extremely talented executive who has proven herself at the highest levels of what has been a largely male-dominated industry – the consumer

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In the last of my 3 part blog about last week’s Annual Meeting of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals in D.C., I want to bring up a very interesting discussion that took place during one of the “break-out sessions”.  This

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Yesterday, I  blogged about Ralph Whitworth’s keynote speech at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals, and his comments regarding what makes about a “likable board member”.  In today’s bog, I turn to the other theme from

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