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Lessons from a Board that Lost Its Way

A Windfall of Revelations

 

 

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o one guarantees any corporate director a smooth turn through the boardroom.  Sometimes, despite effort and intelligence, revenues sink.  Or a company officer crosses the law.  Or a regulatory agency decides that, under new regulations, your entire business model is prohibited.

 

But if stuff does in fact break bad, how does a board make sure that pressure from investors, customers, media or each other does not lead to a choice that takes the matter from bad to abysmal—i.e., to an organization-marring, reputation-scarring or liability-tarring ordeal?

 

Together we consider the many facets of this question, using a case study of the board at an internationally prominent university.

Our discussion encompasses business judgment, risk recognition, conflict of interest, crisis preparedness and leadership.  We conclude with observations on the paradox of success in the 21st century economy.

 

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The Slide into False Responsibility

 

     

The trouble with charisma

Inadequate inquiry:  easy and costly

To rely or not to rely? Reports from officers + consultants

 

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The Pull of Received Wisdom

 

     

Leadership by cliché

Detecting doom-level compliance risk

 

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The Paperless Conflict of Interest

 

     

Intellectual curiosity and imagination on the board

 

  IV

The Road to Opportunity

 

     

Guarding against inadequate inquiry:  two tests

Acing compliance in 2020

Recognizing crisis on time:  two keys

Building board rapport that survives

A formula for seeing possibilities in risk

 

 

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William Devine leads the Board + Management Practice.  He is Adjunct Professor of Management at Menlo College.  He wrote The Cost of a College Touchdown:  A Story of Trustee Miscalculation (Smashwords, 2014), and Women, Men & Money (Random House, 1998).

 

 

 

 

 

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