DO CORPORATE BOARDROOMS PUNISH CURIOSITY?

(September 5)  The corporate boardroom climate worldwide is more likely to treat questions from directors as an irritating time-sink rather than good governance, says the September issue of online monthly Boardroom INSIDER.

“We’re always lectured on the importance of director curiosity,” writes BI editor and global governance speaker Ralph Ward.  Yet often, “the boardroom is a dampening field for questions.”

Increasingly tight board meeting time and agenda constraints; large amounts of board information (often poorly organized); and fear of appearing uniformed in front of a room full of top-level peers “unconsciously drive directors to stifle their curiosity,” write Ward.  Yet pushing against this boardroom flow to ask critical questions at the right moment “is the essence of good corporate governance.”

Also in the September issue of Boardroom INSIDER

pink  First-hand tips for asking good boardroom questions.
pink  What to ask in your board recruiting interview.
pink  Two articles with fresh ideas for the “board wannabe.”
pink Q&A: Who decides what gets reported to the board?