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6 Steps for Successfully Negotiating With an Activist Investor

Before launching an all-out offensive against an activist investor, both sides should consider a middle path. No one has a monopoly on wisdom, and often an activist will have a worthwhile suggestion. Moreover, being willing to listen to properly presented ideas from a significant shareholder is part of a CEO’s and a board’s fiduciary responsibility.

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Create Competitive Advantage By Giving Your Board Members Clear Responsibilities

Today’s companies operate in complex and risky environments. To help navigate this increasingly challenging and dynamic climate, many boards are rethinking who should be around the boardroom table and what should be on the agenda. But while the who and the what are good places to start, they are bad places to stop. The real challenges—and opportunities—lie in how the board works together.

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How Skilled Are You at Tapping Into Your Board’s Expertise? Take This 5-Question Quiz and Find Out

One of the most critical teams the CEO has to manage is the board, and smart CEOs understand that a well-assembled board can be one of the most potent partners and resources a CEO can have. We recently spoke with Constance Lau, President and CEO of Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc., and Dante C. Parrini, Chairman and CEO of PH Glatfelter Co., to better understand how they partner with their boards. Consider asking yourself the same questions we asked them.

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3 Steps That Can Help Boards Always Be Prepared for CEO Succession

Recent media headlines are shining a spotlight on what seems to be a growing trend over the past few months—that of top leaders suddenly departing their companies. In some cases, we’ve seen a graceful stepping down; in others, sparks have flown between the board of directors and the CEO. Whether the stated reasoning was declining profits, inability to innovate, lack of product strategy or poorly focused investments, each case has a lesson to teach fellow CEOs and company boards about working together, managing expectations and planning succession.

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