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Educating Your Board – at Every Meeting

Increasingly, investors want to know what companies are doing to educate their boards. University law schools and business schools are offering multi-day seminars. Accounting firms and consultants offer on-line training. This is all good. We suggest that, in addition, board education should also be happening at every board and committee meeting. But likely not in…

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COVID-19 Reinforces the Importance of Elevating Your Board’s Priorities

How best to determine your board’s priorities during the COVID-19 pandemic? The priorities remain the same as always; it is what your board should emphasize within those priorities that has changed. Your board had and still has three priorities:    Leadership – people questions Strategy – planning issues. Execution – monitoring performance. Your Board’s Leadership…

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COVID-1 Reinforces the Importance of Elevating Your Board’s Priorities

How best to determine your board’s priorities during the COVID-19 pandemic? The priorities remain the same as always; it is what your board should emphasize within those priorities that has changed. Your board had and still has three priorities:    Leadership – people questions Strategy – planning issues. Execution – monitoring performance. Your Board’s Leadership…

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COVID-19 forced boards (public, private, and not-for-profit) to change how they work. Tech makes that change both possible and positive.

Instead of quarterly in-person meetings, many boards are now meeting weekly or bi-weekly for shorter, virtual meetings. Board management software makes coordination of board meeting preparation possible for corporate governance professionals, General Counsels, CFOs, CEOs, and others involved in preparing for board meetings. Board portals make distribution of briefing materials a breeze. Videoconferencing makes the…

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COVID’s Impact on Audit Committee Agenda Topics

COVID-19 is changing how and where we conduct business as well as how we approach both human capital management and corporate strategy. Those changes have implications for risk, controls and reporting. The Association of International Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) has been advising its members and others how best to handle COIVD-19 challenges. Recently, the AICPA…

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CGP Advisory Board member Bob Mednick honored

Congratulations to Bob Mednick, who will be inducted into the Accounting Hall of Fame at the American Accounting Association (AAA) conference (still scheduled for Atlanta) in August 2020.  Perhaps this completes Bob’s trifecta.  Ten years ago, the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) honored Bob with its lifetime achievement award (the IFAC Global Leadership Award), which…

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Keeping it together while you are managing your board’s work remotely. Keeping your board together while it works remotely.

COVID-19 has driven rapid migration to digital technologies. Nowhere is this truer than in corporate governance. If you manage your company’s board work, you don’t want various versions of spreadsheets, WORD document and PowerPoint decks stored on numerous coworkers’ hard drives or shared drives. You need to accelerate your organization’s board-related digital capabilities – you…

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Delaware Dividend Dilemma? Yet another COVID-19 quandry.

As management and boards try to navigate these uncertain times, how to manage cash flow – including dividends — is yet something else to consider. Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP, Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP, and Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A. have prepared this very helpful memo. https://bit.ly/33thrzg

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When COVID-19 is not an excuse…

Growing up, “The dog ate my homework.” was rarely a credible excuse. Now, while COVID-19 is an explanation for much that is happening, it is not a credible excuse for companies that failed to make progress on things they should have been working on throughout 2019 and into 2020. Board composition and recruitment is a…

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