The Unfortunately All-Too-Frequent Resume Bluff

Last week I was a guest on a business radio program. The focus of this hour long broadcast was "Resume Fraud." Resume fraud may sound a bit harsh so feel free to replace fraud with any of the following: embellishment, exaggeration, deception, distortion, fabrication, misrepresentation etc. You get the picture! Any way you refer to [...]

Succession Planning: Not Just for Older Leaders

Dell Computer and the story of its potentially going private have occupied  many a news column of late. In the most recent turn of events, Blackstone Group  withdrew its bid for the company after making the determination that Dell's future and the PC industry looks bleak. Throughout all this I cannot help but  ask what [...]

Results V. Face-time

No, the title of this article does not refer to some new video game or online competition. Rather I am alluding to the current debate that has resulted in the aftermath of Yahoo’s announcement earlier this week that it is ending its work-at-home policy. This announcement has resulted in large-scale reactions in the press and [...]

Women and Corporate Boards: Musings and Reflections!

On 12/12/12, 1400 people in the US and Europe got together at 27 luncheons to discuss the topic of women and corporate boards. These events were organized by various chapters of 2020 Women on Boards, a Boston based non-profit with the simple goal of insuring that by 2020, at least 20% of board seats are [...]

CEOs and Board Relationships: Does the Rolodex Matter (Still)?

How do informal social ties and connections between members of a board of directors and a CEO impact the effectiveness of the board and hence corporate governance overall? This can be a complex and immeasurable phenomenon but Dr. Bang Dang Nguyen of the University of Cambridge, Judge Business School attempts to answer this question in [...]

Staying Complaint as Compliance Moves Out of the Office (and Into the Bar)

Thanks at least in part to the banking scandals over the past few years, Reuters has recently reported that bank compliance teams are increasingly scrutinizing outside the office activities like social outings to bars and the like. In fact, Reuters reported that some banks in Europe are even requiring their employees to take part in [...]

Why Did Tuesday Morning Corporation Oust Their CEO?

This past summer, home furnishings retailer Tuesday Morning Corporation abruptly fired their CEO Kathleen Mason after a new but activist shareholder filed a letter with the SEC that was highly critical of the company's performance under her 12 years at the helm. And while a CEO being fired for performance thanks to an activist shareholder might still be an [...]

Twitter for the Uninitiated

There are over a billion Tweets sent every three days. Twitter currently has 140 million active users and the top region for Twitter usage is Venezuela with, believe it or not, 100% of the population using this social network. In the US, the number is approximately 30% and growing. As of May 2010, Thursday and [...]

The P&G Board: Too Much of a Good Thing?

Several conditions make a company attractive to an activist investor. Per the Milken Institute, these include an undervalued business, poor share price performance, failure to meet communicated goals and the company being a conglomerate or mini-conglomerate. Bill Ackman's Pershing Square Capital Management recently announced a $2 billion investment for a 1% stake in Proctor & [...]

LinkedIn 101

As of March 2012 there were 161 million members on LinkedIn. The site counts executives from all Fortune 500 companies as members and it is the 36th most visited web site in the world. So, in case you have been avoiding it, perhaps it is time to join the fray! As an Executive Recruiter, LinkedIn [...]