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  • About the Author: Ram Charan

    Ram Charan is a business author and advisor who works with senior executives to solve their toughest business problems. His newest book The Tilt: How You Can Navigate the Greatest Change in Business H…

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10 Sep. 2017 | Comments (0)
Boards Can’t Wait for CEOs to Prioritize Digital Change
Is your board willing to be a driving force in the digitization of the company, or are you content to sit back and watch as born-digital companies transform one industry after another? Boards must recognize the unstoppable forces at play and drive their CEOs to reinvent the business while they still have the resources to do so – and before they come under pressure from activists to whom the necessity of digitization is obvious.

20 Aug. 2014 | Comments (0)
How Boards Can Innovate
Governing boards might seem like the last place for innovation. They are, after all, the company’s steadfast guidance system, charged with keeping an even keel in rough waters. Corporate directors are the flywheel, the keeper of the flame, the preserver of tradition.

04 Jun. 2014 | Comments (0)
If the Board Monitors the Company, Who Monitors the Board?
With equity holdings of major firms now in the hands of a relatively small set of mega-holders, big investors have helped rejuvenate the boardroom. The board’s independent monitoring function had always been there in name, but now it has become more widespread.

27 Feb. 2014 | Comments (0)
Root Out Dysfunction in the Boardroom
Not all directors perform equally well once inside. Sometimes a prince in other realms can even turn into a petty gabber, the very opposite of what English novelist George Eliot had championed: “Blessed is the man who having nothing to say abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.”

15 Jan. 2014 | Comments (0)
Ten Essential Tips for Hiring Your Next CEO
Selecting a new chief executive is critical because so much rides on a positive outcome. Is this the right person to lead the company in this particular business, at this particular time? Will he or she collaborate with the board, or fight it?

18 Dec. 2013 | Comments (0)
Microsoft’s Next CEO: How the Board Can Get It Right
Let’s face facts: Most boards invest heavily in executive assessments, exposing chief-executive candidates to C-suite responsibilities and checking their P&L performance — while simultaneously scanning outside prospects.

15 Nov. 2013 | Comments (0)
The Three Decisions You Need to Own
CEOs face countless decisions. The best executives understand which ones they need to focus on and which ones they can delegate. Too many executives delegate away three critical decisions that they need to own: decisions about goals, resource allocation, and people.

09 Aug. 2012 | Comments (0)
The 100 Most Important People in Your Company
CEOs need to connect not only with their most senior managers, but with broader groups of their companies' most influential and productive people. To provide effective leadership, they shouldn't be stealing off to small, secretive conclaves. CEOs should find ways to engage their "Critical 100."

28 Jun. 2012 | Comments (0)
The Discipline of Listening
As the up-and-coming vice president and CEO candidate for a Fortune 500 technology corporation sat before the CEO for his annual review, he was baffled to discover that the feedback placed emphasis on his listening deficit.