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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.

Ralph Ward Boards of Directors , CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance , Leadership & Strategy March 24 2014

Why CEOs Should Be Worried About Patents Based on Software

Companies whose businesses rely on patented software or patented business methods are increasingly at risk of chaotic court decisions and a real chance their patents will be declared invalid. The resulting unpredictability is hindering new innovation, threatening well-established patents and discouraging capital investment. Without confidence that intellectual property rights are secure, investors are reluctant to fund companies, undermining the innovation for which the technology industry is known. Here are several ways to protect your company.

Katharine Wolanyk CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance December 15 2013

What CEOs Should Know About the Impact of Predictive Analytics on Staff Development and the Bottom Line

Is your organization using predictive analytics to improve the development of your staff, and then linking this data to business performance? If not, it is time to consider the question with some seriousness, because predictive analytics is already being used in your organization in the areas of sales, operations and finance. Using it in the context of fostering learning and development within the organization can create competitive advantage.

Kent Barnett and John Mattox CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance , Leadership & Strategy October 27 2013

Does Your Organizational Chart Stifle Innovation?

Sometimes the chain of command, what Vanderbilt professor Dave Owens calls the “hierarchy of no,” can get in the way of generating great ideas that can advance bold initiatives. Rhode Island based Rite-Solutions, an engineering software and IT solutions company, came up with a compelling way to deal with this challenge.

David Burkus CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance , Leadership & Strategy October 18 2013

Why 9 Years Is a Lucky Number for Board Director Tenure and Effectiveness

Grumbling about corporate boards — about long-tenured directors too cozy with management, for example — may be inevitable among investors, but new research by a young accounting scholar suggests surprisingly that at least one aspect of corporate organization suits Wall Street fine. Company performance actually rises with board tenure—but only up to a point–indicating there’s a tradeoff between knowledge and entrenchment.

Ben Haimowitz CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance , Leadership & Strategy September 13 2013

3 Steps to Take to Avoid Becoming an Ethical Scandal

Why are business leaders –even those who consider themselves of high integrity–prone to ethical missteps? What can organizations do to protect themselves from possible lapses? And don’t kid yourself by thinking, “It can’t happen to me.”

William A. Gentry CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance , Leadership & Strategy July 26 2013

Personal Use of Corporate Jets: A Call For the End of this High Flying Corporate Perk

While use of company aircraft is a common perk for many CEOs, a noted governance expert suggests that a formal policy for its use is the best way to protect the company and the CEO from unwanted shareholder lawsuits.

Dr. Charles Elson, Christine Azar & Charles B. Vincent CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance December 27 2012

Six Ways to Boost the ROI of Your Strategic Alliance

Since the 1990s, numerous studies have shown that 40% to 60% of strategic alliances do not meet CEO and senior [...]

Pamela S. Harper and D. Scott Harper CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance , Operations December 21 2012

5 Ways to Improve Board Risk Oversight

“Tone at the top” is a term often used to describe how an organization’s leadership creates an environment that fosters ethical and responsible business behavior. While tone at the top is important and a vital foundation, is it enough?

Jim DeLoach CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance December 5 2012

On Track for an Early Exit? Three Ways to Defy the Statistic

A decade ago, the average tenure of a Fortune 500 CEO was 9.5 years. Today? 3.5 years. Looking at recent stumbles at Best Buy, Yahoo, HP and elsewhere a pattern of sorts emerges that may be instructive for leaders looking to beat the odds.

Paul Heagen and Bob Parsanko CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance November 29 2012

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