Governance - Compliance

Why Boards That Lead Succeed

Recent history shows that directors who take more active roles—particularly in CEO selection—are fundamental to the long-term health of their companies.

10 Principles for Finding the Right CEO

People set strategy. Directors and executives who know where the company should be going will be best equipped to get it there.

The Imperial City

Columnist Peggy Noonan recently opined that Americans feel less like citizens and more like subjects. We are dictated to, not consulted. We are told to get in line or feel the wrath of the state. Washington has that effect.

States That Get it Right

While the nation-state is far from dead, more and more regions are feeling encumbered—if not suffocated—by centralized control. A large body of empirical research has examined the relationship between the size of government and economic outcomes; and based on that research, the U.S. has much room to scale back.

Patents’ Prince Charming

There are 2.2 million U.S. patents in force and less than 10 percent of them are generating any licensing revenue. Jay Walker thinks his latest venture will awaken our economy’s “Sleeping Beauty” patents, which can be leveraged as springboards to innovation, business expansion and greater economic competitiveness.

Chevron CEO Shows Rewards of Standing up to Green Bullies

CEOs often opt to settle suits brought by environmentalists and other third parties against companies all around the world. Chevron CEO John Watson just demonstrated the potential rewards of sticking things out and fighting for ultimate justice rather than kowtowing to the rabid complaints of extreme progressives wanting to stick it to “big oil.”

Lessons for CEOs on Barra’s Response to GM’s Crisis

Is it possible for a CEO to bear the brunt of responsibility with a crisis that festered before she was in charge? Can a company with a poor track record in corporate integrity ever do enough with new transparency measures to acquire a good reputation?

The CEO-Board Relationship: What Can the New CEO Learn?

The key challenge for any freshly-minted CEOs who finds himself in the position of top-to-bottom reorganization is to find a way to transition the relationship with the chairman and the board from subordinate to peer-to-peer.

5 Fresh Ideas for CEOs Getting More from Boards

Boardroom insider Ralph Ward says describing a board meeting “would be like telling me what a swell time you had at your last dentist appointment.” Here is his roundup of ideas you can try to make your next board meeting go faster, work better and achieve more.

Barra Episode Illustrates Fallout of ‘Leaning In’ Movement

Sheryl Sandberg may have prompted a new conversation across business about “leaning in,” but surely the Facebook COO and champion of female CEOs everywhere didn’t actually mean to create a silly season for gender-policing pundits. There are lessons here for companies that sincerely try to elevate women executives.
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