Best Practices for Board of Directors

Here is a convenient list of free CMB reports and conference calls on best practices for Board of Directors.

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Value Creation

Has your company commissioned an independent perception study recently?  If not, should directors ask, "why not?"  Some questions to ask.

Impacting Value Creation:
Ten Principles For Directors

To be a positive influence on value creation, effective directors follow ten basic principles

Ten Questions Board of Directors Should Ask

And how to interpret the answers and better manage your fiduciary responsibilities

Guide to Expand CFO Communications to the Board

This special report addresses what board members want most from the CFO and how to get board members more involved and help the board to be more effective.

The Smart Board

A National Association of Corporate Directors study revealed 60% of directors feel their respective company is "somewhat effective" or "below acceptable levels" in director education and development.  This article explains how to help ensure your Board of Directors are well-informed.

Success Strategies of Corporate Boards

The Q&A section within this report includes response to these questions:

  • What board members want most from the CFO?

  • Describe a company with the most effective relationship of a CFO and the board?

  • How should we begin expanding management communications with the board?

  • What are the most effective steps to SAFELY engage the board with investors?

  • How can boards more effectively address the issue of non-contributing board members?

CFOs: What Makes You Corporate Board Material?

Practical strategies to help you be "board ready" for a corporate directorship position.

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CFOs on Corporate Boards: Financial Skills Are Not Enough

The demand for qualified and experienced board members is growing.  Before applying for board membership, however, it's a good idea to understand the requirements.

Article in Financial Executives International's Financial Executive magazine by Jeff Christensen, Managing Partner of Capital Markets Board.


Engaging Institutional Shareholders

Should companies be engaging board directors with institutional investors, as recommended by the NACD's Blue Ribbon Commission? If so, how?

Hear this thought-provoking panel discussion, that was first broadcast on February 4 2009, moderated by Howard Christensen, Chairman of The Capital Markets Board; featuring John Wilcox, Chairman of Sodali Ltd. a noted Corporate Governance Authority and a member of the NACD Commission; David W. Smith, President of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals; David Birk, SVP, Chief Legal Officer, GC and Secretary of Avnet; Jack Henry, Founder & CEO, Sierra Blanca Ventures, President of the Arizona Chapter of the NACD and an independent board director; and Carl T. Hagberg, Publisher of the Shareholder Service Optimizer, a highly regarded newsletter, and a former senior banking officer, and mutual fund and trust company director. 

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