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Leading View is a column written by Anthony Goodman, a former Tapestry partner. Leading View explores emerging challenges faced by business and government leaders. Past columns include the status of the United States as a preeminent global power; the corporate governance challenges facing directors of emerging markets companies; and the response of corporate directors to the crisis in the Eurozone. The commentary draws on Anthony’s work leading networks of directors of bluechip companies in the United States and Europe.   

Recent Leading View columns: 

BOARDS CAN GET BETTER AT EXPECTING THE UNEXPECTED

The landscape of global business produces new risks quickly and unexpectedly, and on a regular basis. So, how do board directors anticipate the unexpected and how do their companies prepare? 
August 6, 2014

IT TAKES A NETWORK TO DEFEAT A NETWORK

Cyber crime is evolving. Few people can still think it is just teenagers hacking the US Department of Defense for fun. Cyber crime investigators must match criminals’ organizational structures.  May 2, 2014

ACTIVISTS MAKE A POSITIVE MARK ON THE BOARD

In the US, barely a day goes by without a televised punch-up on CNBC between an activist investor and company CEO. Activist investors are increasingly getting involved in negotiations with companies, not fights – making a positive contribution to the boardroom in the process.  March 28, 2014

US DIRECTORS AND INVESTORS BEGIN BRIDGING THEIR DIVIDE

Until now US boards and their investors have rarely exchanged even glances at an annual meeting. There are benefits in boards and shareholders exchanging views, writes Anthony Goodman. The new SDX Protocol could be a useful first step towards meaningful engagement.  February 3, 2014

REFRESHING THE BOARD

A new issue is moving stealthily but surely from the offices of institutional investors to the boardrooms of America and Europe: who sits on the board, for how long, and with what effect?  January 22, 2014

DIRECTORS NEED TO SEE SOCIAL MEDIA AS PART OF THE JOB

Nowhere is the generation gap more apparent than in the parallel universes inhabited by social media users and board directors. The instinctive reaction from the board is: how do we control the online lives of our staff?  October 6, 2013

SHOULD BANKS KEEP COMBINED THE ROLE OF CEO AND CHAIRMAN?

Shareholders seem to be enamored with dividing the two top roles in many large banks. However, evidence that splitting the chairman and chief executive roles leads to better financial performance is mixed and the governance case is muddied.  May 1, 2013

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