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Advice for first-time Board candidates from an Executive Search recruiter

During the 2024 Global Meeting of IIC Partners in Panama City, Renee Arrington, NACD.DC, Vice Chair Americas of IIC Partners and President & COO of Pearson Partners International discussed board search assignments and shared some insights. The first question she was asked was “What do you look for in first-time board candidates?” “What experience does […]

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Headline/Storyline Sample

About 12 years ago, the Headline approach was developed for a specific client. It proved so useful that it is now incorporated for many clients. The headline focuses on the overriding contribution – not the job scope or responsibilities – on “what this gig was all about”. This approach creates a “storyline” that is clear […]

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How Not to Fire a CEO: Sam Altman, November 2023

When OpenAI’s Board suddenly fired its CEO Sam Altman in November 2023, it sparked a lot of discussion in the places that track AI as well as in the places that track Board activity. One of the most interesting and useful is this graphic, “How Not To Fire a CEO: Open AI Boards’ missteps in […]

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WSJ Job Boards

Back in 2013 when Paula Asinof and Mina Brown published the first edition of Be Smart: Sail Past the Hazards of Conventional Career Advice, it included a chapter titled “Real Job, Fake Job” about the job boards pointing out the “there are a lot of jobs you can apply for on the Internet, but many […]

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Remember that [Board] interviews are peer-to-peer

Athena Alliance Newsletter 2/9/2023 Try to relax as much as possible. By the time you are interviewing, the board already knows you have the hard skills required. You do not need to prove how much you know; more interesting is how fast you can learn. What is your sense of inquiry? Do you want to […]

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Yellow Brick Path establishes new advisory board

Yellow Brick Path is pleased to announce the three inaugural members of its new Advisory Board. Joining the Board are Patricia Q. Connolly, Richard D. Daniels, and Kenneth R. Lay. Each is a previous Yellow Brick Path client, has had an extensive career in senior leadership roles in well-known organizations, currently serve on for-profit and/or […]

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It’s still who you know! Networking for Board Candidates Circa 2021 – 2022

A recent study, published for subscribers of The Review of Financial Studies, July 2021 and redistributedin summary form in a posting of Transformative Governance Insights, February 2022 by the GuptaGovernance Institute at Drexel University, concludes that director appointments are (still) heavily drivenby “who you know”. What is new from this study is its conclusion that […]

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Board Diversity Initiatives – California, Goldman Sachs

Over the past decade attention to the Board role and composition has exploded, often with attention toincreasing diversity among its members. One notable event is California’s legislative approach (9/30/2020) summarized in a post by the HarvardLaw School Forum on Corporate Governance: In a move that continues California’s push for increased diversity on corporate boards, Governor […]

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