1. Articles from Tracy Houston

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    1. Inquiring Minds Want to Know About Board Evaluation….

      Inquiring Minds Want to Know About Board Evaluation….

      Fundamentally, a board evaluation is an opportunity for boards as a collective body to increase their effectiveness based on feedback the evaluation provides. Continuous improvement and development of board and board committee processes and procedures is imperative to ensuring board effectiveness. Today, there is an increased level of acceptance and sophistication in board evaluation. However, the evaluation techniques are still in their infancy.

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    2. When is A Lead Director Really Independent?

      When is A Lead Director Really Independent?

      This question came up in a recent conversation with a director who has held the lead director position in a number of public companies. He said a major problem on many boards is that a director is often reluctant to raise an issue, or make a strong comment, if he/she knows the chairman will not be supportive. To address this, he, as the lead director, established a "post formal meeting session" with the outside directors only. 

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    3. The Risks and Rewards of Being on a Board

      The Risks and Rewards of Being on a Board

      The single most important task before you join a board is due diligence. Being a director on board is a tradeoff. On the one hand, there is exposure to reputational and financial risk. On the other hand, there are benefits – tangible and intangible. In a world marked by disruptive forces, sharp scrutiny, and tighter board accountability, wise director candidates are asking more questions.

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    4. Becoming a Public Company Director – How to Stay the Course

      Becoming a Public Company Director – How to Stay the Course

      Gaining a public company board seat is hard work. It takes patience. You have to really, really want this position. As I speak with board candidates — both first-time and sitting directors — I can hear those that are on the fence within the first few minutes of our conversation. The ones on the fence have a mud-on-the-wall approach — they throw a few things out here and there and hope for the best. They talk on and on about their career but are not able to translate their experience into succinct statements that pinpoint how they can benefit a board and how ...

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    5. A board’s impact on the Affordable Care Act rollout

      A board’s impact on the Affordable Care Act rollout

      What If President Obama Had a Board To Advise Him on the Affordable Care Act?

      With the Affordable Care Act’s botched Implementation on everyone’s mind, I sat down with Mark Levy to discuss what private companies can learn from the mistakes made. Mark is a former president of a government outsourcing and technology firm, and an advisor to boards and executives.

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    6. The Tech-Savvy Board: Risk, Strategy and the Competitive Edge

      The Tech-Savvy Board: Risk, Strategy and the Competitive Edge

      Growth is the cornerstone of corporate strategy. It is imperative for Boards of Directors to work collaboratively as a team to bring all strategic growth opportunities to the table. In today’s rapidly changing world, where growth is intimately linked with technology with technology enabled growth the norm versus the exception, the BOD team needs technology expertise among its members.

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    7. How can I have board-level conversations on LinkedIn? - Ask Board Guru™ By: Tracy Houston

      How can I have board-level conversations on LinkedIn? - Ask Board Guru™ By: Tracy Houston

      A number of you have asked about the role of LinkedIn in board networking and how to create executive-level self-promotion.  Social media has become the fastest adopted form of media in human history.  While we are still in the early stages of this phenomenon, I do think that dedicated time networking on LinkedIn is well spent. Once I reached the level of posting strategic content based on my expertise in LinkedIn groups (once a week with content from my Board Guru™ eBooks), I had my first client within 90 days in the fourth quarter of 2012.

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