Compliance

After Ballmer, What?

Since he announced his intention to step down as CEO of Microsoft Steve Ballmer has triggered a world wide betting game as to who will succeed him. Microsoft’s board has appointed a special committee to help decide if the next chief executive will be an insider like Julie Larson-Green, or the prodigal Stephen Elop of Nokia. (Ladbrokes, the London betting agents give Elop a 5 to 1 advantage.) But the central issue of concern is what the company needs to do to transform since it lost its dominate position in computing. Microsoft once ruled the tech world. Now it’s one player among many. Will the new CEO have his or her options foreclosed?

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.”

Navigating Governance Options In A Private Company

Improved operating performance, advance intelligence on emerging trends, higher valuation, right tone at the top, and expansion into new products and services are typical goals for privately held companies. Well defined governance oversight from private company directors can assist business owners reach these goals.

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?

It Happened To Yahoo, It Will Happen To You

High level hires can backfire as in the case of Yahoo’s Scott Thompson but using the three tools cited here, an executive hire should never blow up in your face.

Protecting Your Directors and Officers from Liability

Over the last 20 years, employment practice claims have become pervasive. From gender, race and disability discrimination to whistleblower cases, now more than ever, directors and officers must have a plan and a policy that protects them from personal liability.

When Is it Wise to Retain Former CEOs on the Board?

Research shows firms may benefit from limited retention because former CEOs possess unique monitoring and advising abilities, but the former CEO could also exploit available decision rights for personal benefit—and at the expense of his successor.

The Criminalization of Corporate Conduct

A noted entrepreneur and a former U.S. Attorney General illuminate a growing problem facing business leaders and advance several possible solutions.

Getting to the Root of Fraud and Corruption

Amidst the buzz over the fifth anniversary of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) and its mixed success as perceived by regulators,  business and the media,...
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