Author Archives for Ken Daly

A Ballroom Filled with Board Members: Take Your Places for the Conference Cotillion

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“You’ll have to get on your dancing shoes” said Donna as we watched the Dancing with the Stars finale the other night, and I must admit a shudder ran through me. “What do you mean?” I asked, worried that she was going to suggest a Latin salsa class or sign me up for the square dance squad at church. My toes refuse to twinkle and I am to ballroom dance what hippos are to hip hop. “Well, I see the NACD conference site is open for business” said my wife “and you know how quickly your dance card fills up... Read More


Some New Things Under the Governance Sun

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“There is nothing new under the sun,” complained the author of Ecclesiastes. This old lament comes to mind when I hear about “new” solutions in governance. I can usually find a precedent near at hand—whether it is something we have done here at NACD within the director community, or else a solution we’ve seen coming from other governance groups such as managers, shareholders, and professionals. But I have to say that Bridging Board Gaps: Report of the Study Group on Corporate Boards, released in late April, contains some new perspectives and some new thinking. A New Gathering The Study Group on... Read More


Adapting to a Volatile Environment: 8 Things Boards Can Do Now

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The recent whirlwind of legislative and regulatory activity has made it obvious that boards must be ready to adapt to a constantly changing business environment. As boards react to the new regulations and restrictions, I’ve crafted a list of eight things boards can do now. Boards can: Focus on the business, especially during this time of economic stress and volatility Evaluate engagement with stockowners to find ways to improve two-way communications with an emphasis on new technologies and methodologies Focus on corporate board member education—the amount and nature Re-visit board governance processes—especially those that will enhance efficiency and effectiveness—and find ways to... Read More