The Global Question: Do Directors Have What it Takes?
Having a global perspective – or at least someone on the board asking the right questions relating to global changes – is critical for today’s companies. Major international demographic changes are taking place in the U.S. and around the world. These changes impact how we do business and where our opportunities and challenges are.
At a recent gathering of corporate directors, many questions were raised about “the global question.”
- About who in the boardroom is raising the questions, and do we have the range of skill sets, experiences, and backgrounds necessary to address these changes in the competitive environment?
- Is someone asking what our crisis communication plan is? The plan needs to be developed well before a crisis in order to be out in front of the social media avenues, delivering the message concerning the crisis.
- For insights on how former Exxon Mobil director Reatha Clark King and former ConocoPhillips chairman and CEO Archie Dunham handled major crises at their companies, view NACD’s webinar (complimentary for NACD members); for more and for sample plans, see NACD’s Board Leadership for the Company in Crisis, (full disclosure: I co-authored this publication).
- Do we have board members raising the right questions about communications in this new environment of social media, blogging, and real-time news? (p.s., have you seen some of the headlines in NACD Directors Daily about this issue – Social Media vs. Anti-Social CEO, Facebook, Twitter Help Companies Connect, or The Democratization Of Corporate Philanthropy?)
If we are to protect the reputation of the company, we can’t be the last to get the message out. Changes in criteria for board leadership to meet today’s challenges can be overlooked as well. We need to look carefully at the challenges and opportunities in our current and future environment, our short-term and long-term strategy, and ask ourselves whether the right people are at the table to meet those challenges. Click below to see a quick video about how NACD’s Board Advisory Services can help your board meet global (and other) challenges head-on.