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Governance Articles

Corporate Governance Articles & Knowledgebase

Read corporate governance articles and information. Curated articles from around the web to improve you and your teams understanding of good governance, what is means, how to implement and how to best improve your company and internal governance.

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Upgrading Your Strategic Planning Process

Upgrading Your Strategic Planning Process

Planning is a core activity of every organisation and core to how we operate.
Rather than throwing away your existing process, consider upgrading it with the “Three R’s”: recovery, retooling and resilience.
You can think of this as an additional module to help you level up your existing planning and enhance its effectiveness.

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Culture: Ignoring Company Values Can Cause an Existential Crisis (INC.)

Culture: Ignoring Company Values Can Cause an Existential Crisis (INC.)

Boeing was already buried in bad publicity after two of their new 737-MAX airplanes crashed in a six-month span, killing 346 people. The tragedies were exacerbated by the revelation that Boeing dodged Federal Aviation Administration requirements in their rush to get the new planes into service.

When Covid-19 devastated the airline industry, the financial impact of Boeing’s mistake became more severe….

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Purpose and Culture

Purpose and Culture

Purpose: Shifting from why to how. What is your company’s core reason for being, and where can you have a unique, positive impact on society? Now more than ever you need good answers to these questions.

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Boards of directors in the tunnel of the coronavirus crisis

Boards of directors in the tunnel of the coronavirus crisis

There are areas that boards and their chairs should prioritize when guiding their organizations through unprecedented uncertainty. Few boards of directors had a playbook for managing the crisis we face today. Now, even fewer have a clear perspective on when and how their organizations will emerge from the tunnel the coronavirus pandemic has forced them to enter. The light at its end is very dim. Uncertainty is high for most sectors and businesses, with boards and management teams struggling to find solid ground, which makes it all the more vital that boards are deliberate about where they focus their attention.

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Lessons from 2008 for Management and the Board

Lessons from 2008 for Management and the Board

Looking back to 2008, the executive and board leadership that did best for their shareholders focused on taking the necessary steps—regardless of then-current popularity with lenders, investors, or otherwise—to preserve their key managers and employees, to maintain liquidity, and to preserve and position the company for recapturing value as the crisis receded, including doing what they needed to in order to remain independent. Simply put, the principled and nimble boards and CEOs did best, often in the face of anxious investors clamoring for more short term fixes or exits.

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Ten Considerations for Boards of Directors

Ten Considerations for Boards of Directors

Corporate management bears the day-to-day responsibility for managing the corporation’s response to the pandemic. The board’s role is one of oversight, which requires monitoring management activity, assessing whether management is taking appropriate action and providing additional guidance and direction to the extent that the board determines is prudent. Staying well-informed of developments within the corporation as well as the rapidly changing situation provides the foundation for board effectiveness.

We highlight below some key areas of focus for boards as this unprecedented public health crisis and its impact on the business and economic environment rapidly evolves.

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Trading data – the risks of the ‘trust society’

Trading data – the risks of the ‘trust society’

Data collection and use is growing – everywhere from online shopping to refugee camps – and it’s changing the business landscape. While we are trusting that our data won’t be misused, there has been little oversight and few if any consequences for those who breach consumer trust. Recent reform in Australia however is set to provide consumers with a right of action for breaches of privacy.

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Thoughts for Boards of Directors in 2020 (Harvard Law School)

Thoughts for Boards of Directors in 2020 (Harvard Law School)

In hindsight, 2019 may come to be viewed as a watershed year in the evolution of corporate governance. After years of growing alarm about endemic short-termism, the sustainability and competitiveness of businesses over a long- term horizon, and the role of corporate policies in contributing to socioeconomic inequality, there has been an emerging consensus that the prevailing corporate governance system is broken.

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Conflicts and Biases in the Boardroom (Harvard Law School)

Conflicts and Biases in the Boardroom (Harvard Law School)

Good Goverannce relies on strong board culture, processes, structure and policies that support accountability with focus on long term performance.
At a time when the importance of corporate governance has been firmly settled, we need to better understand how bias impacts governance and be more intentional about addressing it. Perhaps more than at any other time, we are wrestling with subtle “unconscious” biases that are hidden.

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Is Data Privacy Real? Don’t Bet on It (Wharton)

Is Data Privacy Real? Don’t Bet on It (Wharton)

A computer algorithm could identify 99.98% of Americans by knowing as few as 15 attributes per person, not including names or other unique data.
“Most people don’t realize that even if personal information is stripped away or is not collected directly, it’s often possible to link certain information with a person’s identity by correlating the information with other datasets,” says Kevin Werbach, Wharton legal studies and business ethics professor

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The importance of innovation and purpose in capturing growth (McKinsey)

The importance of innovation and purpose in capturing growth (McKinsey)

The innovation formula consists of 4 things
1. Is it consistent with our values and sense of purpose? If it isn’t, then that’s a deal breaker; we won’t go there.
2. Secondly, is it exciting? Is there a sense that, if we arrive there, we could generate a sense of infectious purpose about it? If the answers to the first two questions are yes, then we also look for the mutuality piece:
3. Is there a give-and-get element with our membership that would help the dynamic work?
4. Then the fourth bit: Is it scalable?

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Want a better decision? Plan a better meeting (McKinsey)

Want a better decision? Plan a better meeting (McKinsey)

By keeping the lines clear between discussion and debate sessions, and the actual decision making itself (following the principles outlined in the exhibit); allowed for richer, more thorough conversations about the products and debates around the trade-offs involved, and ultimately led to better decisions.

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Entrepreneur Top 4 Takeaways From This Year’s Annual TED Conference

Entrepreneur Top 4 Takeaways From This Year’s Annual TED Conference

This past April’s event in Vancouver featured five full days packed with bold and exciting lectures from some of the most brilliant and inspiring people on Earth, touching on everything from relationships to astronomy. Here are the top four;
1. “Your company should have an unwavering purpose you never lose sight of, no matter how big you get.”
2. “Speak the hard truth, even when it’s terrifying.”
3. To truly expand one’s mind and change their way of living, people need to experience the benefits first, then understand the how and why later.
4. Sometimes, it’s all about how you tell your story.

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Integrity and Corporate Governance Duty Of Care (Forbes)

Integrity and Corporate Governance Duty Of Care (Forbes)

 Donella Meadows, the scientist, systems thinker, and pioneering environmentalist best known for her prophetic 1972 book Limits to Growth, once shared this powerful truth:

“The hardest things to change are the mindsets
that create the systems that need to be changed.”

The modern exploiter mindset has led us to the brink of simultaneous and interrelated crises of environmental disaster, social dislocation and political dysfunction. These “non-business” issues are important for business leaders because there is no healthy business in an unhealthy society.

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CEO Ownership, Corporate Governance, and Company Performance (Harvard Law School)

CEO Ownership, Corporate Governance, and Company Performance (Harvard Law School)

Ownership structure is perhaps among the most significant corporate governance factors, as it determines the balance of power within a corporation and can directly affect governance practices and company behavior. In our review of CEO ownership, we focus on corporate governance characteristics of companies with CEO ownership concentration, and we examine the effect of CEO ownership on company performance.

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Short-term pain for long-term gain: The new CEO’s dilemma. (McKinsey)

Short-term pain for long-term gain: The new CEO’s dilemma. (McKinsey)

New CEOs often hear two conflicting messages: first, get out of the gate quickly because your honeymoon will be short and you need to show results; second, play for the long haul. Can you do both? The answer is yes, but it’s hard, and the results can be bittersweet. The companies of new CEOs who shifted their focus to the long term underperformed their counterparts at first and outperformed only after the CEOs had left.

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Is Sustainability in your Governance DNA? (Forbes)

Is Sustainability in your Governance DNA? (Forbes)

Does your board have stewardship over purpose and values?
Purpose, values and profit require careful stewardship through your Governance DNA. 
“”Walt’s legacy of caring for the environment is really dear to our heart, and we’re always looking for ways to use resources wisely and protect the planet – it’s part of who we are”

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Purpose & Profit- Are you a governance leader? (Blackrock)

Purpose & Profit- Are you a governance leader? (Blackrock)

Balancing purpose and profit should not be like finding the chicken that lays the golden egg.
“Companies cannot solve every issue of public importance, but there are many – from retirement to infrastructure to preparing workers for the jobs of the future – that cannot be solved without corporate leadership.”
The world needs good corporate governance leadership.

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To B or not to B? To “balance profit and purpose” (Fast Company)

To B or not to B? To “balance profit and purpose” (Fast Company)

What is your company’s purpose and what do you choose to be?
At GGI we have explored Purpose and Culture in our courses in depth. As part of our determination of who we are, we choose to be an aspiring B Corp organisation as part of our Purpose. “Being a B Corp is less about the legal definition and more a statement about who we are as a company”. 

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Some Thoughts for Boards of Directors in 2019 (Harvard Law School)

Some Thoughts for Boards of Directors in 2019 (Harvard Law School)

Society is demanding that companies, both public and private, serve a social purpose. To prosper over time, every company must not only deliver financial performance, but also show how it makes a positive contribution to society. Companies must benefit all of their stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, customers, and the communities in which they operate.

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