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Communications Challenges of the Valeant/Pershing Square Bid for Allergan

In an effort to win over a majority of Allergan shareholders, both the parties angling for a takeover and the the company itself are mounting aggressive campaigns to make their cases. Due to some shady goings-on around the recent stock buy-up, Allergen is facing some considerable communications challenges, not the least of which is a sullied reputation among ...


Impossible to Ignore: The Importance of IT Governance

CIOs must take the lead on IT governance as a means to align the IT division's efforts with the overarching business strategy. But effective IT governance is more than measurement, oversight and the implementation of best practices. The most effective programs facilitate awareness and behavioral change throughout the organization.

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Program Management: Board Oversight and Reporting Structures

An E&C program must be effective -- not necessarily convenient. Does the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer have enough authority and autonomy? What's being reported to the Board, and does the Board have proper oversight of the E&C program? These are just some of the factors that influence the effectiveness of an E&C program.

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Excuse Me. Do You Mind if I Deliver Inferior Performance?

Your staff are expected to deliver quality performance. When they fall short - as long as poor training isn't the cause of the problem - it doesn't really matter why. Subpar results just won't do, and must be addressed if the organization is to thrive. If underperformers go unchecked, there’s a much bigger problem to be ...


“Sympathy” for the Board

There's no question that Board members' jobs are tougher now than ever before. All the more reason to increase accountability; failures in governance often lead right back to the Board, and shareholders bear the brunt of the consequences. The flashier issues, such as CEO hirings, tend to draw their attention, but compliance needs its time in the ...

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Why Does Bill Gates Go to Work?

True motivation must come from within. Take Bill Gates for example, one of the wealthiest people on the planet. His drive isn’t tied to financial gain – when you can wallpaper your estate with $100 bills, bonuses just don’t mean as much. Top performers, from the billionaire to the less prosperous master of a craft, often ...

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What Do Boko Haram and American Universities Have in Common?

Boko Haram loosely means “Western education is sinful." This group needn’t worry about recruiting minions in the U.S., however, since American universities seem eager to further their cause with a commitment to withholding conflicting and controversial topics from their campuses.

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Increase the Number of Women on Corporate Boards

If you need a compelling reason to appoint more women to the Board, here you’ll find several. Firms with a gender-balanced Board tend to enjoy multiple benefits, an assertion supported by several recent studies. Yet worldwide, corporate Boards are still dominated my men. Increasing diversity in the boardroom also increases conflict, lessens trust, and heightens scrutiny. ...

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Protecting Proprietary Information

This scenario is built from a real-life experience working for a high-tech company, but it can apply to any organization or situation you might be facing. Apart from tangible physical assets, if we own intellectual property or proprietary information, this issue is relevant.