Governance - Compliance

How Private Companies Can Benefit From Boards

While private companies are not required to have boards of directors, some may want to. Here are 6 reasons why having a board in a private company is a good idea.

High-Performance Boards Are the Future

Chief executives run the company, but the board of directors must also lead the organization on the most crucial issues. Monitoring is still important. Governance matters. But the time has come for boards to rebalance their responsibilities. Directors need to know when to take charge, when to partner and when to stay out of the way.

Apple’s Cook Among CEOs Revamping Their Board of Directors

Need to overcome an embarrassing situation, rescue your brand from financial disaster, shift the company in a new direction or shore up some expertise in a currently weak area? It may be time to make a change to your board, as these companies are.

Data Hacking: What Boards Members Need to Know

Boards of directors are finding themselves in a position of having to shore up their tech skills in an area where, a year ago, they didn’t have any skills at all beyond simply asking the CTO, “Is our data security working? Great. Good. Have a nice day.” Now they’re struggling simply to understand the right questions to ask.

Conflict Minerals Are Creating Compliance Challenges

If you are one of 6,000 U.S. CEOs whose company uses raw minerals in your products, it's time to comply with the Dodd-Frank Act.

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.

Patent Properties: the Patent Business’ 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.
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