Idea. Check. Funding. Check. Business Plan. Check. Board of Directors? The beginning of any journey, especially in business, starts with an idea. Once that idea has been cultivated and a plan is in place, then comes funding, the board of directors, employees, office space, etc. It’s a misconception to leave the creation of the board of directors as one of the last to-do items. Whether you’re a big or small organization it helps to be proactive when it comes to forming the group of individuals who help to manage the activities of your business (i.e. your board). This board can be elected or appointed, and they are tasked with maximizing overall organizational value, while simultaneously protecting the interests of any key stakeholders.
Most of you should be (figuratively or literally) familiar with Murphy’s Law: “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong,” and throughout history, this saying has been validated time and time again. Therefore, if you ever wonder if or when corporate governance should be considered important, the simple answer should be “ALWAYS.”
The heart of proxy season is upon us with the majority of Annual General Meetings (AGMs) scheduled to take place over the next couple of months. These meetings will highlight shareholder votes on important issues such as the election of directors for the upcoming year and approval of the company’s auditors. In many cases, shareholders will also be voting on whether they approve or disapprove of the compensation provided to a company’s top executives (otherwise known as a “Say on Pay” vote) or re-approving a company’s equity compensation plans for employees. It is on these last two issues (Say on Pay and equity compensation plan approval) where a company’s disclosure on executive compensation can play a critical role in influencing the outcome of votes at the AGM.
In 2011, Hewlett Packard (HP), was one of the most recognizable names in technology and at the forefront of the technological world. However, when the board decided to bring on a CEO with a spotted history, as well as relieve four other board members publicly, the company’s stock began to plummet. This entire fiasco could have been avoided if the board had practiced one very important skill. That skill is doing your due diligence.
We’ve all been there. The moment of sweat-inducing truth when all of your board software demos are over, and you need to decide. It’s not too life altering of a decision, deciding on board software, but years of ordering items online and never quite receiving what was advertised has made you slightly paranoid. But change is on the horizon, which means that you must wipe the dampness from the corner of your brow and power forward. It’s time to create a board management software comparison so that you can identify the all-encompassing enterprise solution that best fits your organization’s needs.