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    1. A Board Interview Guide for Prospective CEOs

      A Board Interview Guide for Prospective CEOs

      A board interview guide for prospective CEOs A board interview guide for prospective CEOs Article Actions Share this article on Facebook Working through these questions as they prepare to take the top job can help executives clarify their thinking. Over the years, we’ve spoken with many clients who were preparing to be interviewed for CEO roles. We’ve also debriefed with them after the event, and we’ve spoken with corporate board members on how to structure the selection process...

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    2. How to Accelerate Gender Diversity on Boards

      How to Accelerate Gender Diversity on Boards

      The tone of much public discourse on the issue of women’s representation on boards has been pessimistic of late, and understandably so, given the crawl toward gender parity in the United States. Women currently hold 19 percent of board positions there, while in European countries such as France, Norway, and Sweden, where legislative or voluntary targets are in place, they hold more than 30 percent...

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    3. What Private-Equity Strategy Planners Can Teach Public Companies

      What Private-Equity Strategy Planners Can Teach Public Companies

      Public companies could emulate the governance of private-equity firms at the business-unit level, where each portfolio company has its own board of directors. These boards are generally controlled at the firm level, but they are often supplemented by knowledgeable and senior outsiders with a meaningful equity stake ...

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    4. Working Paper: Making Risk Management a Value-Adding Function in the Boardroom

      Working Paper: Making Risk Management a Value-Adding Function in the Boardroom

      During the past decade, unforeseen risk combined with either poor or good risk management often had more impact on corporate performance than superior strategy or outstanding execution.  This working paper first examines the enterprise risk management (ERM) landscape: current shortfalls, potential benefits, and approaches.  To the growing body of common wisdom about ERM, it then adds eight recommendations designed to help boards understand, monitor, and manage risk more effectively.

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    5. Improving Board Governance: McKinsey Global Survey Results

      Improving Board Governance:  McKinsey Global Survey Results

      Board directors today are more confident in their knowledge of the companies they serve and more strategic in their approach than they were in 2011, according to the latest McKinsey global survey on governance.1 They say a greater portion of their boards’ time is now spent on strategy, while they are spending less time than before on M&A. The share of time spent on strategy is even greater at private-company boards than at public companies, which tend to spend more time on compliance...

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