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The amount of time the Board of Directors spend on their work and commit to strategy is rising. Directors say they dedicate more time nowpic-1-Board-Excellence-Primer-300x200.jpeg?profile=RESIZE_710x to their Board duties than ever before.  In fact, since 2011, the directors have cut in half the gap between the actual and ideal amount of time they spend on Board work.

In the newest McKinsey Global Survey on Corporate Boards, the results showed that strategy, on average, is the main focus of many Boards.  Yet, directors still want more time for strategy when

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The pressure on Boards and Directors to raise their game has remained acute. A survey of more than 770 directors from public and pic-1-HIgh-Impact-Strategic-Boards-300x200.jpeg?profile=RESIZE_710xprivate companies across the industries around the world suggested that some are responding more energetically than others.

There is a dramatic difference between how directors allocate their time among boardroom activities and the effectiveness of the Boards. One in four directors assessed their impact as moderate or lower, while others reported as having a high impact

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8028273466?profile=originalThe Securities and Exchange Commission charged Theranos Inc., its founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes, and its former President Ramesh Balwani with raising more than $700 million from investors through an elaborate fraud in which they made false statements about the company’s technology, business, and financial performance. 

The way I look at it, the board was either in on the Theranos scandal, or they weren’t aware of what was going on. Either way, the board was not performing their moral and legal

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Ten years ago nine out of ten CFOs I was consulting to would tell me their CEO was too busy to meet to discuss the risk program under development.  The CFO was tasked with the job and we should just get on with it.  Today it is less likely to be a problem to meet with the CEO on risk, however, getting to the Board still seems to have its challenges for many risk professionals.  My experience is that “risk appetite” is one of the best tools to engage the Board.  This is how you can make it work:

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