Deciphering Board Dynamics

Much of the dynamics on boards begins with creating emotional connection. When board members are “securely connected”, they feel confident that each member is reliable, supportive and responsive. Many boards struggle when members distance themselves emotionally from...

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A Different Approach to Board Consulting

All in all, consulting can be a pretty tough gig. Companies usually hire a board consultant when things are getting pretty bad and they generally expect fast results. It can be tempting to go into a consult with a set of expectations and a detailed plan to get things...

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Turning Uber Around

We’ve heard the words “Uber” and “turmoil” in the same sentence a lot in recent months. The ridesharing company has been facing trouble from political, internal, and corporate fronts. Most recently, we saw their president of less than a year, Jeff Jones, step down...

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Gratitude Fuels Better Board Dynamics

The holidays remind us to give thanks to our loved ones. At our Thanksgiving, my sister asked everyone what they were thankful for and when the turn came for my nine-year-old grandson, Avi, here is what he said: “I am thankful to my aunt Tonia for making a beautiful...

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How to Avoid a Bad M&A

With mergers and acquisitions at their peak, we thought it might be helpful to dive into the decision making process behind a successful (and not so successful) M&A. Companies like Boeing are always looking for acquisition opportunities, but how do they decide what...

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Putting Values First: Baidu Takes Action

Companies that are built to last have a clear vision and mission, as well as core values that guide their decisions. Core values keep a business in line by providing an ethical compass for its employees to follow. Every decision from strategic to operational should be...

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Three Steps to Improve Board Performance

Board members want to ensure the company’s success. They focus on making sure that decisions they make will benefit the company and its shareholders. In order for them to resolve problems successfully and be productive, board members need to feel safe and secure with...

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Your Brain on M&A

Mergers and Acquisitions are at an all-time high. A merger or acquisition is one of the most stressful transitions a board can go through. With the future of their company up in the air, directors are thrown into uncertainty. This uncertainty leads to fear and anxiety...

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CEOs and The Emotional Brain

Understanding the brain is the first step to understanding your emotions and the emotions of your board of directors. Emotional connections are essential to overall board performance. How directors feel about each other directly impacts the efficacy of the board. The...

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Is Your Board Functional?

In 2015 Volkswagen shocked their shareholders when the truth came out about their emissions testing. The German car giant had been cheating emissions tests for their diesel cars. This development has destroyed the public’s trust and has spotlighted the Volkswagen...

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