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How to Survive an Ethics Crisis

Ethics consultants are not hired when everything is hunky dory. They're different, and often more severe, than other corporate crises. An ethics crisis is about who you are as an organization and not just about specific actions that have gone wrong. But you can limit their damage.

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6 Tactics for Fending Off Activist Shareholder Attacks

Attacks on CEOs of large public companies continue to make the news daily. There are lots of ways for CEOs to try to ward off such threats—and most of them have to do with just running a company the right way, with a clear strategy, optimizing opportunities, minding the bottom line, and being able to think like both shareholders and corporate raiders. But what if the wolf is already at the door, and is winning your loyal constituents over to their side? What can and should CEOs do once an activist shareholder has selected him, her, the board or the company as his prey?

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Why Patent Trolls Could Be an Increasing Threat to Your Company

John Chambers and Myron Ullman, CEOs of Intel and JCPenney, raised eyebrows recently by co-writing a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece in which they called for Congress to approve legislation that would “break the business model” of “patent-assertion firms,” otherwise known as patent trolls, which collectively cost the two companies more than one-third of a billion dollars in legal expenses over the last five years.

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6 Ways CEOs Can Be Prepared When Activist Investors Strike

At large publicly-held companies, one CEO after another is being battered or at least threatened by private-equity groups, celebrity corporate raiders and other activist shareholders that are holding company chiefs’ feet to the fire as never before. Here are 6 ways CEOs can prepare and protect themselves and their companies when activist stockholders begin sniffing around.

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Thorns and Roses: January/February 2015 Issue

THORN: Paranoia festers in an Ecuadorian embassy. Julian Assange has launched an attack on Google, saying the search giant has turned “big and bad,” and characterizing its executive chairman Eric Schmidt as a government agent trying to further U.S. “imperialist” ambitions. The Wikileaks founder, who is under Justice Department criminal investigation for leaking thousands of classified diplomatic cables, lashes out at the Internet giant in his upcoming book. Assange, who has spent the past two years claiming asylum to avoid facing rape accusations, also ...

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The Latest Board Announcements

The Container Store Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kip Tindell has been elected Chairman of the NRF Board of Directors and Chairman of its Executive Committee. Tindell succeeds NRF’s immediate past Chairman, Stephen I. Sadove, chairman and chief executive officer of Saks, Inc. (retired) National Retail Federation Bonnie Hammer, chairman of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, has been appointed an independent director ...

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