Additional Resources

This section includes links to significant legislation, documents, videos, and other corporate governance tools (listed alphabetically):

Mission Driven Governance

"The prevailing governance model is fundamentally adversarial, pitting board members in a never-ending struggle with executives. This model may ensure that the legal requirements of oversight and compliance are met, but it does little to advance the organization’s goals...

Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act

Click here to read the full text of Dodd-Frank

Making Corporate Boards More Effective at Harvard Business School

You and an exclusive group of peers will learn how boards of leading companies are working successfully with their management teams on a wide range of issues.

NYSE Euronext CEO Report

Back to Business, April 2010

Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

Click here to read the full text of Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX)

The UK Corporate Governance Code

Section B6 specifies that, "The board should undertake a formal and rigorous annual evaluation of its own performance and that of its committees and individual directors...Evaluation of the board of FTSE 350 companies should be externally facilitated at least every three years. A statement should be made available of whether an external facilitator has any other connection with the company."   Click here to view the full text of the UK Corporate Governance Code.

TED: Ideas Worth Spreading:

  • "How Honest People Cheat" In this video, Dan Ariely's (MIT) research has broad implications for managers and leaders... watch video
  • Halla Tomasdottir managed to take her company Audur Capital through the eye of the financial storm in Iceland... watch video
  • Malcolm Gladwell examines the monumental shift from universality to variability and its implications on business decisions... watch video
  • Jeff Bezos: "What matters more than your talents"... watch video

Improving Corporate Governance: A Memo to the Board

by John J. Brennan, Chairman emeritus of Vanguard.  A Wall Street Journal Opinion Article published May 10, 2010.

Why Leadership Matters

As a leader, you should have an element of magnetism to your style...The greatest leaders have a natural following of people that are pointed in the same direction; people that want to accomplish the same goals; people that want to be on your bus!

If you are leading others and you're lonely, then you're not doing it right. Think about it. If you're all alone, that means nobody is following you. And if nobody is following you, then you're not really leading. --John Maxwell

In this March 2010 Forbes article Erin Schreyer explores creative ways of self evaluation and leadership at the personal and C suite level.

Boards Fail -- Again

The battlefield of the credit crisis—indeed, the crisis of capitalism—is strewn with the dead and wounded...despite the enormous time, energy, and focus generally devoted to governance in the past decade, the boards of directors at Bear Stearns, Merrill (MER), Citi (C), Countrywide, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Lehman Brothers...are ultimately responsible for the sharp decline or disappearance of their companies.   For the full article by Ben W. Heineman, Jr. click here