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Don’t Let Politics Color Board Members’ Thinking

When it comes to politics, U.S. corporate boards are, in some cases, as polarized as the general population, according to a Harvard Business Review survey of directors of public and private U.S.-based companies.

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Why you Need Board Members with Technical Expertise

Companies largely seek board members with long histories of leadership experience. But in a world of rapid technological change, tech-savvy knowledge is now critical.

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Implementing Effective Sexual Harassment Policies in the Workplace

In the wake of sexual harassment claims made against Fox News chief Roger Ailes, it is important for businesses of all sizes to understand the importance of developing and implementing a sexual harassment policy that protects both employees and employers in the workplace.

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Safety First: 6 Ways to Build A Culture of Accident Prevention

Based on recent OSHA data, severe workplace injuries happen every day, but a new OSHA study projects that more than 50% of severe work-related injuries in 2015 went unreported. In an effort to increase reporting and thereby reduce accidents, OSHA has issued new guidelines and a 400% increase in the maximum fine for failing to report work-related severe injuries.

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States, Localities Join the Feds in the Fight Against Companies Dodging Taxes  

The Obama administration got tougher against mergers motivated by so-called corporate tax-inversion schemes, and now the states are doing something similar by mitigating tax-haven usage. Boards will have to deal with the state-government impulse just as they’re confronting more obstacles to combinations of American companies with overseas concerns.

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How Managing Emotions Can Improve Board Effectiveness

Traditionally, board effectiveness has been seen as having a direct correlation with governance or strategy. While these two elements are important for boards to perform, what is often overlooked is the effect of the human condition on productivity.

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Boards Are Demanding More from the C-suite

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As shareholders put more pressure on public companies to perform, they're indirectly transforming the roles played by some boards of directors. Many of today's boards of directors are attempting to take more active and engaged interests in operations and are demanding more information from and involvement with the C-suite.

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Why Budgeting Should Be a Strategic Planning Imperative

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Strategic planning is unquestionably a critical initiative for the short- and long-term success of any business, no matter the size. Companies spend hours evaluating opportunities and challenges, establishing key objectives, and developing the right tactics to meet them. And yet budgeting—the detailed allocation of the organization’s most valuable resources against those objectives—often remains an entirely separate, once-a-year event.

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