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A Call to Action—More Board Involvement in Strategy

“Where was the board of directors?” That is one of the questions I am asked most frequently.  And it’s a good one.  Readers and audiences wonder how a well-educated and experienced board could allow a company—like Blockbuster, Hostess, RadioShack, Sears, Circuit City and Blackberry, to name a few—to fall into bankruptcy, or a situation where the future looks dismal, perhaps impossible.

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IBM Should Take A Strategy Lesson From Alibaba

For years, IBM’s leaders didn’t take strategy lessons. They gave lessons, as the company’s strategy served as an example for others to follow. But with sales stagnating lately, it may be time for company leaders to get a strategy lesson—from an unlikely candidate: Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba Group.

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Should You Do Away With Weekly Meetings?

Dilbert’s pointy-haired boss goes ballistic when challenged about the value of the day’s big meeting: “I called this meeting, and it’s not a meeting until someone’s time gets wasted!” That’s not far from the truth, though the motivation for meetings at most large companies is usually more benign.

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