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How Idealab "Mass Produces" Boards (9/98)
A busy venture firm hatches many startups -- and their boards. Here are tips.
5 Tips on Board D&O Indemnification (7/09)
Five ways your board and directors can avoid surprises on liability indemnification.
Tips for the Excellent Board Chair (5/15)
Five techniques the best board chairs use to lead.
Nonprofit Board Pay and Perks (2/11)
Almost no nonprofit directors get paid -- but there are other "compensations."
"Consent Solicitations" and Why They're Scary (10/13)
Do you know about this rare (but scary) activist tactic?
How Long Should a Director Search Take? (4/16)
Three months - six months - a year? Here's advice on how long a board search should take (and how to improve it).
Q&A: Should I Seek a Board Mentor? (7/12)
If you're new to the board, should you seek a mentor -- and who?
The Private Company Board Shift (6/10)
Know these changes that are coming to private company governance.
Q&A: What's the Etiquette on Board Referrals? (6/12)
Do I really know this director well enough to drop his name for a board reference? And when do I ask someone else to?
Online Find - 6 Steps Toward Your First Board Seat (9/09)
The 6 factors that belong on any board wannabe checklist.
Can Activists Drag Boards Back to Their Roots? (1/16)
Activists are pushing boards merge and break up companies at a record pace -- the way it used to be.
Board Incentive Pay - Hot Trend or Dead End? (5/06)
Paying members of your board based on company performance - what could go wrong?
Q&A: Annual Meeting Spotlight for Committee Chairs? (3/06)
Annual meetings increasingly see pointed questions for board leaders and committee chairs. Are you prepared?
4 Hot Board Evaluation Trends (10/03)
Asking awkward questions has become the rule in evaluation.
Evaluating Your Governance Committee (2/11)
As board "nominating" committees evolve into "nominating and governance," use these checks to see how it's performing.
Do You Really Know How to Chair a Board? (3/09)
Chairing a board has become more of a real job -- how do you know if you're up to it?
Shaping Better Private Company Boards (10/15)
Five great ways to improve private company board paperwork, people and procedures.
5 Steps Toward Board Benchmarking (7/99)
Before you evaluate your board, benchmarks the governance standards you seek.
Board/Corporate Counsel Tips From Bill Ide (9/07)
The former ABA chair on making your counsel/boardroom relationship effective.
Why Boards See With a CEO's Eyes (12/12)
Most of what a board knows about the company comes via management. How do you look outside the boardroom box?
4 Urgent Board Timesavers (3/02)
When your board has to get more done in less time, put these 4 tips to work.
Top Board Evaluation Faults (and Fixes) (5/17)
Too many boards avoid evaluation, and then mishandle it. Here are 5 tips to get back on track.
Director Education - Be It Resolved... (9/16)
Before your try to train your board, try a board resolution spelling out goals and specifics.
Back to School With Board Evaluation (9/14)
Changes in corporate governance are shifting the rules for effective board evaluation.
When Director Notes Attack (3/04)
Whatever you jot on the margins of your board meeting notes can come back to haunt you -- here are examples.
Corporate Boards - Who Needs the Grief? (6/02)
Why did you say you want to join a board of directors?
What Should You "Say on Pay?" (11/10)
Telling a compensation story that sells your Say On Pay vote.
Q&A: When Your Own Directors Sue (2/08)
How can your board respond when one of its own members sues the company?
4 Things Your Board Must Know on Company Litigation (8/15)
Ask these 4 questions about legal threats facing your company.
6+ Fund Board Trends (1/11)
Mutual fund boards face tighter regulation by adding these governance upgrades.
A Boardroom Boost for Women (5/98)
One of the first groups advocating for women in the boardroom remains the best.
When You Face a "Change in Director Job Status" (1/09)
When a board member has a "change in job status" on the outside, how should your board respond?
Auditor Conflict? Questions You Must Ask (10/05)
Four hidden conflict items that could make your auditor a legal danger.
Boards-Do We Measure What's Easy... Or What We Need? (5/16)
Research and media focus on big Fortune 500 boards. This ignores all the others with good ideas.
The Incoherent Way We "Hire" Directors (1/12)
To hire top execs, we have search firms seek top talent, proven skills, and targeted experience. Board recruiting? Not so much.
Be Your Own Boardroom "Career Agent" (7/03)
Four ways smart boardroom wannabes build a board seat into a career plan.
A Director "Duty to Contribute?" (5/15)
If directors had a positive duty to deliver value, would you be in compliance?
How to Pay - Separate Chairs, Lead Directors, Etc. (7/05)
What are pay rules for the new board leadership roles?
Q&A: How Much Should a CEO Tell the Board, When? (10/12)
When a business matter is delicate and confidential, how open should a CEO be with the board?
New Director "Hazing" at Malinckrodt (6/98)
They tell new directors "Be prepared to roll up your sleeves" -- and the directors deliver.