Author Archives for Alexandra R. Lajoux

The M&A Litmus Test: Part 1

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How effective is your board? M&A can be your litmus test. If you are making a buy/sell/merge decision, the experience will reveal your board’s capabilities in myriad areas, especially these: M&A “IQ” Fiduciary Duties Strategy Information Flow, and last, but not least Good Business Sense         Today is Day One of your M&A Litmus Test, so we’ll start by testing your board’s…   … M&A IQ.   Does your board know why M&A matters?  The wise board won’t leave mergers and acquisitions to external advisors—or wait until the last minute to bring them in. The decision to... Read More


Five Governance Myths and What Directors Can Do About Them

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I take governance very seriously, having spent 32 years in the field (ouch! I’m old!), so when it came time to write my blog, it was more like a block (as in writer’s block). Today, in desperation, the NACD “Blogmeister” gave me a simple assignment: name Five Governance Myths. Where to begin? There are hundreds of them—and we at NACD spend much of our time dispelling them. Our main tool for setting the record straight is our set of Key Agreed Principles, reflecting a consensus of managers, shareholders and directors. So, what are some of the myths, why do they... Read More