• 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 [...]


  • Succession Planning: A Strategic Imperative
    Posted by SL&A on Jul 28th, 2011
    Related Products & Services: Succession Planning, Our Work with Credit Unions

    This past month, I attended a Deloitte conference hosted by their Center for Corporate Governance, including 1,000 directors across 30 locations, live from New York City.  One of the most important topics and issues discussed is the board’s approach to succession planning. The departure of your CEO is the most important and challenging board responsibility. [...]


  • It’s Time To Refresh Your Board
    Posted by SL&A on Dec 2nd, 2009
    Related Products & Services: Governance, Effective Board Governance, Succession Planning

    The economic recovery continues to be problematic for the county and, as a result, regulatory pressures on  public companies and their boards remain high with no signs of abating.  Instead of waiting until regulatory  bodies start weighing in on ways to maintain high quality board performance, let’s exert some common  sense and get out ahead [...]


  • Tough Questions Could Prevent Another Tough Year
    Posted by SL&A on Jan 25th, 2008
    Related Products & Services: Succession Planning, Leadership Development, Team Effectiveness and Alignment

    It strikes me that in my professional life, much of the value I bring comes from my willingness to respectfully, but directly ask tough questions. As a consultant to chief executives and a public board member, it’s a big part of what I’m paid for. To start the New Year, I want to offer you [...]


  • Gleaning Leadership Insights from the HP Debacle
    Posted by SL&A on Oct 13th, 2006
    Related Products & Services: Effective Board Governance, Governance, Succession Planning

    As I work on this column, Patricia Dunn, former non-executive chairman of Hewlett-Packard’s board, is preparing to testify before Congress about recent revelations that HP was spying on its own board members. As the lead director of a public corporate board, I’ve watched the situation deteriorate and important lessons surface. These lessons have applications for [...]


  • Succession Planning that Makes All the Difference
    Posted by SL&A on Dec 9th, 2005
    Related Products & Services: Succession Planning, Strategic Planning, Effective Board Governance

    As the lead director of a public company board, I’m fortunate to be on the front line of trends in American business governance as they take shape.  Today when people talk about governance, they’re immediately drawn into a discussion about Sarbanes-Oxley or complicance issues.  But most public companies have these issues well in hand.  They’ve [...]