Vol. 30 Nbr. 3, March 2006
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- That is the question.
- A long, steady focus on diversity.
- Cast of characters: have special expertise? The spotlight may not be for you.
- It's tough hiring a CEO: I went in search of breakthrough secrets. Here's what I found.
- Coverage traps: will your D & O insurer pay when you have a claim?
- 'Going dark': competing considerations make the decision to exit the SEC reporting system a difficult one for the board.
- Peer evaluation: take the plunge; Yes, it's sensitive, but the practice can provide great value to individual directors and the board as a whole.
- The Battle for the Soul of Capitalism.
- What the 'last tycoon' tells us about leadership; Monroe Stahr's story raises hard questions for anyone who wants to become a leader: do you care intensely enough about your work? Do you feel personally accountable? And are you willing to pay the price?
- Board dealings with a disabled CEO: individual CEOs and situations vary, but knowing what might happen and being prepared are the first lines of defense.
- 'I left no door open ... I was done'.
- The changing role of the COO: are you grappling with how best to utilize the chief operating officer function? You're not alone.
- Turning to the board for a fill-in CEO: absent a succession plan, it's certainly tempting to put a sitting director into the CEO slot on an acting basis. Don't do it without considering your options.
- Running effective executive sessions: when should they be held? How long should they be? Who should lead them? These are among the questions boards must consider to make their executive sessions successful.
- Should you keep minutes of executive sessions?
- Open season for board minutes.
- The compromised board candidate: if you are involved in nominating and approving new directors, you want to catch conflicts of interest before they catch you. Here are the lines of inquiry to pursue and useful research tools.
- Boards must measure marketing effectiveness: it is surprising how many boards don't regularly see even the most basic marketing data. Do you know what the top three or four success metrics are for your company's marketing initiatives?
- Director's guide: SOX compliance update; After three years, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance remains high on every board's agenda--but not as high as before.
- So many public companies, so few women directors: despite a professed demand from corporate boards, women directors remain in short supply.
- Directors Roster: a quarterly record of new director appointments.
- Company index.
- Director index.
- On goodwill and great leadership; Legacy principles that have worked for others raise the question: what do you stand for?