• Connecting Minds to Invent the Future
    Posted by SL&A on Apr 23rd, 2012
    Related Products & Services: Strategic Planning, CEO Consultation

    Lately in our business, I have observed a disturbing trend. Companies are on a shorter planning cycle, and long term planning and visionary thinking is difficult to achieve. However, visionary planning informs every future decision, including hiring the right talent on both your management team and board. Too few leaders spend time talking about these [...]


  • The Challenge of Succession Planning for CEOs and Boards
    Posted by SL&A on Feb 6th, 2012
    Related Products & Services: CEO Consultation, Effective Board Governance, Succession Planning

    Maximizing and ensuring shareholder value and performance requires an ongoing review of the depth of talent in an organization as well as the right complement of skills to lead effectively and navigate changing strategies.  As markets become more global and technology continues to play an even greater role in strategy, the criteria established for both [...]


  • Heads Up: Time to start connecting the dots
    Posted by SL&A on Feb 5th, 2012
    Related Products & Services: Strategic Planning, CEO Consultation, Director Education

    As we begin the new year, most CEOs and C-Suite executives are thinking about how to strengthen the leadership team and management to best execute on strategy. Some leaders may have the “gene” that inspires them to naturally keep learning about the world and how it will impact their business. But many don’t have that [...]


  • What Boards, CEOs Can Do to Improve Communication
    Posted by SL&A on Feb 4th, 2011
    Related Products & Services: Effective Board Governance, CEO Consultation, Strategic Communication

    Directors desire a stronger line of communication with the CEO than is presently acknowledged. Sometimes lack of dialogue is a byproduct of board rules, including requirements for executive sessions without the CEO present. Sometimes it stems from failing to make such conversation a priority. Committing to an intelligent exchange of ideas with your CEO will [...]


  • Strategic Communication Impacts Culture and Trust
    Posted by SL&A on Dec 10th, 2010
    Related Products & Services: Effective Board Governance, Strategic Communication, CEO Consultation

    Last month I attended the National Association for Corporate Director’s (NACD) 2010 Governance Conference in Washington, DC.  The conference attracted over 750 corporate directors who serve on public boards and high-level speakers such as The Honorable Mary L. Shapiro, Chairman, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Duncan Niederauer, CEO, NYSE Euronext.     There were many [...]


  • How to Become a More Effective Chief Executive
    Posted by SL&A on Aug 13th, 2010
    Related Products & Services: CEO Consultation, Foundation Leadership Programs, Strategic Planning

    Every day I read through the pages of The Wall Street Journal and see the announcements:  Another CEO is leaving.  At the same time, a replacement is unveiled, no doubt inspired to lead the company to success in a new way.  Will this new CEO be able to reinvigorate the corporation?  Or will we be [...]


  • The Effective CEO
    Posted by SL&A on Aug 1st, 2010
    Related Products & Services: CEO Consultation

    Every day I read through the pages of The Wall Street Journal and see the announcements:  Another CEO is leaving.  At the same time, a replacement is unveiled, no doubt inspired to lead the company to success in a new way.  Will this new CEO be able to reinvigorate the corporation?  Or will we be [...]


  • A Challenge to Board Leadership: Get Culture Right
    Posted by SL&A on Jan 2nd, 2009
    Related Products & Services: Governance, Effective Board Governance, CEO Consultation

    The 2009 Spencer Stuart Board Index was released in October and while there are no huge surprises, I believe the data signals a shifting center of gravity in corporate governance – a move toward independence, commitment, and accountability. Consider these highlights from the Spencer Stuart study of the S & P 500 companies for 2009. [...]


  • Tough Times Are When a Leader Must Take Control
    Posted by SL&A on Mar 21st, 2008
    Related Products & Services: Leadership Development, CEO Consultation, Foundation Leadership Programs

    A great deal has been written in the press regarding subprime mortgages and the resulting losses. There is strong commentary about losses that are being incurred and the abandonment of realistic risk profiles. For those of us who continue to lead organizations in this environment, I would suggest an internal review and assessment of how [...]


  • Bad Economy? Find A Way To Overcome It
    Posted by SL&A on Feb 8th, 2008
    Related Products & Services: Strategic Communication, CEO Consultation, Foundation Leadership Programs

    The economic indicators have not been very encouraging lately. The credit crunch, sparked by problems with residential mortgages, is spreading to the broader economy. The fears of a U. S. recession are global, and the Federal Reserve in late January cut the fed funds rate by three-quarters of a percentage point to 3.5 percent – [...]


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