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Top 10 Most-Read Publications in 2016

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Building the Strategic-Asset BoardThe National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) counts nearly 17,000 directors and governance professionals among its members, and we’re proud to say that they are engaging in constant and committed learning in the spirit of doing the best for their companies.

We hear these questions over and over again from our directors: “What do my peers care about right now?” “What’s the next big issue for directors?” I think that you can tell a lot about what someone values by what they read, so it’s always fascinating to take a look at the reading trends of our membership. Their choices in 2016 reflect commitment to evergreen topics (director compensation, governance benchmarking, and finding a new board seat) and investment in understanding ever-evolving, of-the-moment risks and board-specific concerns (cybersecurity, ethics and compliance oversight, M&A, and strategy).

Below are the top 10 most-read NACD reports, surveys, and papers from 2016. If you haven’t picked up these resources yet, now is the time.

  1. 2015-2016 Director Compensation Report – NACD and compensation consultancy Pearl Meyer’s perennially popular survey on director pay helps boards benchmark their pay by analyzing how the subtleties of committee participation and the changing governance landscape impact pay structures.
  1. Executive Summary of the Report of the NACD Blue Ribbon Commission on Building the Strategic-Asset Board – We released in September our latest Blue Ribbon Commission Report, our marquee publication on next practices for boards. This complimentary executive summary gives a quick look at some of the key findings in the broader, member-exclusive report (see list item 8).
  1. Director FAQ: Finding Your Next Board Seat – It’s all in the title—this piece provides some action steps for success if you’re looking to land a new board seat.
  1. Executive Summary of the Director Essentials: Strengthening Oversight of M&A – Our off-the-charts popular Director Essentials series offers step-by-step guidance to new directors on key issues that they encounter in the boardroom. This executive summary of our piece on M&A oversight is open both to members and visiting guests to our website.
  1. Director Essentials: Strengthening Compliance and Ethics Oversight – This was the first Director Essentials report we released, and an especially timely one given the situations that emerged in 2016 at Volkswagen AG, Wells Fargo & Co., and others.
  1. Executive Summary of the 2016-2017 Public Company Governance Survey – NACD releases a survey yearly of public company directors, and this complimentary executive summary spotlights a few of the top-level findings, including the most pressing issues on directors’ minds for 2017.
  1. Cyber-Risk Oversight Handbook – According to our annual survey of public company directors (mentioned above), 29 percent of directors believe that cybersecurity expertise needs to be strengthened on their boards to conduct sound oversight. Our handbook has never been more relevant, and bonus: it has a stamp of approval from the Department of Homeland Security.
  1. Report of the NACD Blue Ribbon Commission on Building the Strategic-Asset Board – The world in which boards operate is facing unprecedented change. This year’s commission offered some best practices for succession planning, recruitment, and continuous improvement that will empower boards to meet that change head on.
  1. Director Essentials: Preparing the Board for Shareholder Activism – Year-round shareholder activism is the new norm. This guide aims to help directors prepare a response plan and evaluate their vulnerabilities to activist challenges.
  1. Governance Challenges 2016: M&A Oversight – There was a clear member focus on M&A this year, and this piece united the perspectives of several of our content partners to offer the most recent thinking on director oversight of that topic.

Looking for more publications to strengthen your board’s work this year? Visit our topic-specific board resource centers

 

Have You Noticed?

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Ashley Marchand Orme

Ashley Marchand Orme

The times, they are a-changin’. And so are we.

NACD’s Research team, headed by Director of Research Friso Van der Oord, has been hard at work making changes to significantly enhance how you experience our content. We heard your feedback, and—with our members as our central focus—we’ve released new, practical types of content and reorganized our closets to help you find what you need, when you need it. Let’s begin with our reorganization.

NACD Resource Centers

We’ve curated the best NACD content on the most universal board governance topics in NACD Board Resource Centers. These resource centers include our best thought leadership, most practical tools, recent expert analysis, and upcoming events. Their content gets refreshed monthly. We now have resource centers available on the following topics, with more to come in the next 6 months:

Board Insights Portal

In addition to Resource Centers, NACD also debuted its Board Insights Portal in the last year. Here, you can find our most recent publications, blogs and articles.

This page also features three drop-down menus that allow you to search for our research and insights by committee type (for the three traditional committees), by topic, or for benchmarking data by company type.

Director Essentials

Among the publications you’ll find in our Resource Centers and Board Insights Portal are a new publication type called our Director Essentials series. This new series offers “essentials” guides for boards on key governance issues, outlining core responsibilities of boards, tactics they can adopt to strengthen oversight and questions they can ask to inform the dialogue with management

Director FAQs

Another new content type is the Director FAQs. These two- to three-page briefs answer the most common questions we receive from our members. Topics include:

Blue Ribbon Commission Reports

We also recently built a dedicated page this year to highlight the findings of the 2016 Blue Ribbon Commission Report on Building the Strategic-Asset Board. This page also includes an executive summary of the report, additional resources related to the report, and links to all other BRCs that NACD has produced over the last decade.

Enhanced Search Function

A cross-departmental team of NACD staff have also worked to improve our website’s search function. We cleared out our old or redundant pages and ensured that our most relevant content appears when you search your favorite governance terms on our site. So now, if we’ve published it, you can more easily find it.

What This Means for You

We hope that these changes will help you and your board to better identify specific resources to frame your boardroom discussions, diagnose an issue, and outline possible solutions. We only ask that you continue to provide us with feedback about your experience finding or using our content. Please offer your comments below, or send an email to me (AMOrme@NACDonline.org) or Friso (FVanderOord@NACDonline.org).

You may also click here for more information on how to gain access to NACD’s exclusive boardroom intelligence.