Board Leadership

Corporate culture

Tone at the top

Perception plays a major role in corporate culture and ethical behaviour. If people don’t believe that corporate leaders know what is going on lower down in their organisation and are failing to receive accurate information, why should they follow the tone set at the top?

German Corporate Governance Code

Germany’s liberal approach to corporate governance

In its fifteenth year, the German Corporate Governance Code (Deutscher Corporate Governance Kodex or DCGK) continues to be among the shortest, as well as the most liberal of its kind, both internationally and in Europe. Following several corporate crises in Germany that were considered to be the consequence of poor corporate management, the Code was developed by a purposefully established commission.

LGBT in the boardroom

LGBT in the boardroom

Broadening the diversity debate to advance lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender policies. Not because it is socially acceptable or the politically correct thing to do, but because it generates positive financial results.

succession planning

SOS: Preparing for a new CEO

Succession planning is one of a board’s most important oversight responsibilities. Accordingly, a majority of corporate boards review the CEO succession planning process annually. Is your board prepared for an emergency CEO succession? Lessons from recent high-profile cases.

Board effectiveness

Board and management effectiveness

The importance of board effectiveness is rising at the exact same time as the pressure placed upon them is on the rise. While many boards are alive to these challenges, and undertake boardroom evaluations in order to assess their effectiveness, many have fallen short of what we have come to define as the standard for an effective board.

Board members Korn Ferry

Building a better boardroom

If you watch boards as closely as we do, you will note a couple of current trends that are reshaping boards and the way they work: a significant need for boards to acquire new skills that enable them to meet the challenges of a dramatically shifting marketplace while they also replace the core skills that are transitioning out due to age or tenure.