Trends in Board Governance

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Seven Organizational Design Tip to Boost Profits at Private Equity Portfolio Companies

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Tim McConnell and Michael Woods examine  how portfolio companies can avoid organizational entropy, the silent killer of business performance.   Are you assessing a company’s value for a possible acquisition? Are you looking for a full or partial liquidity event for your portfolio company? Are you realizing the full potential of every business investment? Tim McConnell and Michael Woods look at seven organizational design tips to fully realize superior returns in middle-market private companies.
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Managing THE MOST OVERLOOKED RISK for Alternative Asset Management Firms

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Permanent disability of one or more of their key contributors is not something most organizations imagine. But for firms that rely on a few key contributors, a disability event could have a catastrophic effect on the organization’s sustainability.  Bob Birdsell explains why disability insurance is as important, and as accessible, as life insurance.
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If I Had a Crystal Ball

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This article is reprinted with permission from the January 2015 issue of PSX: The Exchange for People Strategy, an eMagazine that brings you cutting edge views and perspectives on all things related to people strategy.

Wouldn’t it be enticing to be able to take a peek into the future and observe the coming trends in the world of Executive Benefits?  Robert Birdsell looks at what the future might hold of for Qualified Retirement Plans, Non-Qualified Retirement Plans, and Other Executive Benefit Plans.  He shares the major shifts in the way executive benefits will be delivered, financed and administered in the years to come. 
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Resolve Not To Put Off These Resolutions

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The need for meaningful New Year’s Resolutions is just around the corner.  No doubt as individuals we want to limit our bad habit and expand our good ones, perhaps we are thinking more philanthropically and want to improve the lives of others or “give back” to our communities. No question we all want to be more present and supportive of our friends and families. All of these would improve our individual health and happiness.

We think it is also time for each of us to consider resolutions that can improve the health and happiness (in the form of sustainability and success) of the organization where we work, whether you are a board member, a senior leader, a manager, or an employee.
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Good Santa: Bad Santa? Holiday Cheer without Holiday Hypocrisy

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This article is reprinted with permission from the November/December issue of PSX: The Exchange for People Strategy, an eMagazine that brings you cutting edge views and perspectives on all things related to people strategy

It is that mythical time of year when businesses start trying to spread holiday cheer. Offices are decorated, cookies and candies abound, and people are figuring out which holiday luncheon to attend. Corporate executives walk the halls spreading good wishes, and yes, the holiday attire invades the dress codes.

In many cases, this is a pretty picture replete with one-time bonuses and upbeat messages to kick off this new New Year like no other! In other cases, this is another wonderful example of corporate hype as organizations contemplate continued “rightsizing” and try to gloss over the ills of the previous year with stingy bonuses.
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Should Board Governance Change?

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By Nancy May and Michael Graham

This article, which is an excerpt from a forthcoming book on board governance co-authored by Michael Dennis Graham of Grahall, LLC and Nancy May of BoardBench Companies, LLC is reprinted with permission from the November/December issue of PSX: The Exchange for People Strategy, an eMagazine that brings you cutting edge views and perspectives on all things related to people strategy

Our experience has taught us that a board can have a significant impact on an organization far beyond its governance decisions. So, if board members are selected and elected without considering what they bring in terms of knowledge, experience, and credibility, they could be doing more than just a disservice to the organization and its shareholders.
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Do You Know the Five Essentials of Pay for Performance?

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By David Fisher of Fulcrum Partners and Thomas E. Miller of The VisionLink Advisory Group

This article is reprinted with permission from the November/December issue of PSX: The Exchange for People Strategy, an eMagazine that brings you cutting edge views and perspectives on all things related to people strategy.

As unique as your organization is, it shares certain fundamental objectives with other companies, regardless of whether those companies are within your niche or are highly dissimilar in their service, product, structure or culture. Every organization has goals to meet, stakeholders to satisfy and a strong need to continually attract and retain talent, all of which must be accomplished while carefully maintaining balances of short-term and long-term compensation and variable versus guaranteed reward.
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Digital Relationships: An exercise in saving time or giving up control?

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Are your organizational systems defeating innovation and creativity?  Marvin Smith of Deliberate Synergy provides a framework for assessing your organizational systems to determine if they support or stifle innovation and creative thinking.
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