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Boardroom Black Holes and Taboos: Dealing with Difficult and Delicate Issues

The Conference Board of Canada, July 16, 2015
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You talked—and we listened! Last year, participants at the 2014 National Associate of Corporate Directors (NACD) Board Leadership Conference identified a list of the most uncomfortable topics for board directors. These key topics led to an article entitled Boardroom Black Holes and Taboos, an eye-opening collection of places that directors fear to tread. But is avoiding these topics really the best way to govern your board?

The operating context for boards and the companies they serve is increasingly complex. Highly effective boards can't allow themselves to ignore difficult topics, or let the status quo get in the way of effective governance. Directors must also have the grace and discretion to address some topics in a way that will not risk poisoning the dynamic and discussions at the board table.

Join the article’s author Gary W. Patterson, as he summarizes the key findings and explores the areas where boards have the most difficulty. Gary explores the key black holes and taboos facing boards today, and provides suggestions for how directors can overcome some of the most challenging discussions. Attendees will receive tangible take-aways to help Chairs, Directors and senior executives that work with the board identify potential areas of concern, and how to best approach these areas so that your team is ready to tackle any issue, no matter how uncomfortable.

Webinar Highlights

In this 60 minute recorded webinar, Gary examines:

  • The original 20 black holes and taboos suggested by NACD participants,
  • Further analysis on the most prevalent issues,
  • The need to prioritize and address common issues raised, and
  • How this external process can support your boardroom desire for good governance impact and outcomes.

About Gary

Photo of Gary PattersonGary W. Patterson, the FiscalDoctor®, helps find million-dollar blind spots: before they find you—to build sustainable profitable growth. He has worked with the Fortune 500 and methodically helped two companies reach the coveted INC 500 list. He was the global IT and supply chain re-engineering project head for HH Robertson (UK), selected a premiere site by JD Edwards. Gary is a Stanford MBA/KPMG Big 4 CPA; author of four books in the areas of business growth, strategy and risk; and recognized thought leader by “Financial Times” ExecSense presentations service.

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