Author Archives for Liz Barron

Wanted: A New Board Chair for the BBC – My Country Needs You

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The British Broadcasting Corporation is looking for a new chair of the BBC Trust, the governing body of the organization. If you are reading this in the United States (and most of NACD’s 10,000 members will be) there is no reason for you to care about this as much as I do, but nontheless I hope you will look carefully at the job description because the UK’s public service broadcaster needs great governance as never before. Brush up on your British English and get your application in. Here’s a primer to get you started: in the UK every household with a... Read More

Time to Tone Up—Do You Need a Personal Trainer for the Social Media Age?

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“Technology leaves companies naked and it’s time to buff up,” says Phil Cowcill, facilitating a session at an e-learning conference I am attending this week in San Francisco. He believes all boards and companies should embark on a workout schedule and, if necessary, hire a personal trainer so they look good under the scrutiny of stakeholders using social media. “You can’t keep technology out of the room,” Cowcill says, “so use it to learn what your stakeholders really think, feel and see.” Your skin, in addition to being toned and oiled, needs to be thick, says Cowcill, for sometimes your stakeholders... Read More

Field Trip to the Future: NACD Visits the Consumer Electronics Show

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The Consumer Electronics Show takes place in Las Vegas, January 6-9, 2011, with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer providing the keynote on the evening of January 5. This year one tech-savvy director is offering to give NACD members a special tour, introducing them to the gadgets, apps and game-changers that will shape the future of business—and the boardroom process.The show is open to all and is a mecca for those who want to see, touch and understand tomorrow’s must-haves. More than 130,000 people are estimated to attend, and speakers this year include Audi Chairman Rupert Stadler and Ford President and CEO... Read More