Defending Against Activist Shareholders: Four Things to Know and Do Now

Shareholder activism is an unavoidable cost of doing business as a publicly traded company in America today. Here are four things that every public company should make sure it knows before an activist arrives and initiates a proxy contest or other public campaign to best position itself for a successful outcome of any activist situation.

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How to Lead Like it Matters

Executives' leadership styles matter. Their attitudes, approaches and communication styles have everything to do with the size of the ripple they make throughout the organization. Outlined here are four tenets of leadership that each leader, from middle managers to those in the C-Suite ought to master in order to lead their teams most effectively.

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No Practice Bleeding in 2015

Crises will come, and when they do, the time for planning will be long past. The best use of your time ahead of a crisis is in planning for it, not practicing how you'll "bleed" when the troubles arrive. Linda Henman offers guidance on how to prepare for your greatest risks, tips that will undoubtedly enable you ...

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Wage War on Change Fatigue in the New Year

With a new year often comes new changes. All well and good, until you take into consideration that, like New Year's resolutions, many of these initiatives are left by the wayside in a matter of weeks, leaving employees exasperated and leadership disheartened. But your new programs don't have to go the way of the Dodo. With ...


Boardroom Black Holes and Taboos

Is your Board side-steppng the hard questions? Sure, some subjects are uncomfortable to talk about, but avoiding them isn't a great solution. In some instances, turning a blind eye to a taboo topic could be putting your organization's fiscal health at risk. Is that a gamble you're willing to make? Follow these tips to pinpoint, ...


Snakes in the C-Suite

Nobody hires a snake intentionally. Executives with reptilian tendencies either develop them over time or reveal themselves little by little. Either way, once a snake-like leader shows his true nature, something's got to be done. Yes, he might be generating amazing results, but at what cost? Consider the long-term ramifications of keeping a snake on ...

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Avenues for Reporting Employee Concerns

Do you - or does your company - tend to make things harder than they need to be? Compliance is one of those areas that must be effective, but not overly complicated. Sometimes simpler is better. Take reporting employee concerns, for example. Some firms use multiple avenues for reporting staff concerns, but for most, with ...


How to Make Your Code of Conduct More Engaging

If walking employees through the code of conduct involves sitting them down in front of a 50-page document, armed with a fresh pot of coffee, then you're doing it wrong. How much of that massive missive do you think they're likely to remember? Assuming retention is the aim here, may we suggest some alternate strategies? Make ...