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Chairman Tenure - How Long is TOO Long? (8/16)
Would board chair term limits avoid basing leadership tenure on merit?
Boards - Good on Compliance, Bad on Strategy? (5/08)
As the governance history of Microsoft suggests, a board that meets membership best practice for compliance may not be the best for big ideas.
5 Ways Boards Drive CEOs Nuts (8/01)
What your CEO won't tell you (but should).
6 Questions Boards SHOULD be Asking Auditors (1/12)
Six smart queries that can help you sleep a lot better after the audit committee meeting.
Are Time Bombs Ticking in Your Board Minutes? (10/97)
Advice on what to say (and what not to say) in board and committee minutes.
Making Audit Partner Rotation Work (1/08)
Five tips for audit committees getting the most out of your current -- and new -- auditor.
Five Tips for the Superb Board Chair (7/12)
Here are proven steps to help you become a best-practice board leader.
Is Your Board a "Document Discovery Danger?" (11/11)
Are your directors guilty of these document retention fumbles? Would you know if they were?
Pfizer Scores With Online Board Disclosure (1/03)
Long a governance leader, Pfizer also sets the pace for smart online disclosure.
Better Audit Committee Evaluation (9/08)
In-depth look at how to grade (and improve) your audit committee's performance.
Board Communications - A Survey (8/07)
Six best-practice trends on how boards are talking with shareholders.
Walter Wriston on How Board Leaders Lead (8/09)
The man who remade Citicorp learned a few boardroom leadership lessons over the years.
How Smart Boards Read Analyst Reports (1/09)
Do you know what analysts are really saying about your company?
Setting Your Audit Committee Agenda (9/01)
The seven bullet points your audit committee should cover for success.
Q&A: Does Size Matter in the Boardroom? (12/98)
The ideal size for a modern board of directors? That depends...
6 Board Questions on Stock Buybacks (3/11)
Buybacks are a popular tool for company cash, but here's a primer on what your board should know before saying yes.
Rediscovering the "Duty of Loyalty" (6/17)
Fiduciary duty seems to win out, no matter who nominated a director to the board.
4 Cool Uses for Director Questionnaires (5/07)
This annual housekeeping chore can deliver helpful intelligence on independence, conflicts, and equity ownership.
Audit Committee Disclosures - Trends (10/13)
Four new items investors want to know about your audit committee and its oversight.
My New Book, Board Seeker, Arrives! (Excerpt) (7/18)
For board wannabes - an excerpt from the new book Board Seeker.
4 Roles for the Board in Times of Crisis (9/11)
Reassurance, communications, and keeping everyone focused are a few board crisis jobs.
Salvaging a Boardroom Disaster (10/06)
A governance meltdown at Hewlett-Packard offers 5 tips for rebuilding your boardroom.
Watch for These Headaches with Board Search Firms (3/16)
Headhunters have mostly wrong incentives when it comes to finding board talent - and you make matters worse.
Back to School With Board Evaluation (9/14)
Changes in corporate governance are shifting the rules for effective board evaluation.
How Well Does Your Board Watch Compliance? (1/08)
Your board is responsible for monitoring company legal compliance -- but do you have the tools you need?
Focus On Committees - Rethinking Their Role (5/08)
Juggling how and when your board committees meet is an untapped governance tool.
Q&A: Our "Boardroom Bully" is the Chairman! (3/17)
What do you do when the board leader who's supposed to be the adult in the room acts like a child?
D&O Indemnification - Watch Out For These 3! (12/98)
Hidden vulnerabilities in your D&O coverage.
Compensation Committees in Crisis - 5 Changes (11/08)
A tougher eye for paysetting details and more attention to strategy are some of the new comp committee demands.
Improving Family Boards - 5 Quick Wins (5/17)
Family business boards are tough to improve - here are 5 quick, easy changes to start with.
Update Your Audit Committee Agenda (12/01)
Here are 4 items your current audit committee agenda may be overlooking.
8 Quick Ideas for Better, Smarter Board Meetings (9/15)
Better board meetings, better info, better agendas - here's a grab bag of tips.
Private Equity Boards - 5 Problems (and Fixes) (5/16)
Private equity-backed boards share some common governance troubles.
6 Handy Lead Director Job Descriptions (11/07)
Know just what a lead director should do? With these examples, you will.
Boards Can Take the Lead on Ethics Programs (9/03)
Your board must spell out these ethics program needs to really set the "tone at the top."
5 Fresh Ideas for Getting More From Boards (3/14)
Every minute spent in board and committee meetings should add value. Here are ideas for making it so.
6 Coming Compensation Committee Trends (11/14)
How to upgrade comp committee structures, processes and talent to meet the new paysetting demands.
Board Leadership - 3 Next Hot Topics (2/07)
Three questions your board should ask itself about its next-gen leaders.
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in the Boardroom? (12/16)
Do boards use internal controls just to assure themselves that everything's fine?
6 Trends on Director Stock Guidelines (10/12)
Best practice on setting board shareholding by size, pay multiple, time, and other factors.