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Christine Spadafor
Christine Spadafor is a Management Consultant & Board Advisor
Christine Spadafor is a Management Consultant & Board Advisor
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Just saw the 2016 data regarding diversity in corporate boards of directors — thanks to a study by the Alliance for Board Diversity (ABD) and Deloitte. And guess what? Once again, there is little-to-no progress for board representation of women and minorities. As ABD Chairman Ronald C. Parker told the New York Times, “Corporations need to do more to keep pace with the country’s changing demographics.”

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Tuck School Professor +Sydney Finkelstein makes a sobering case: We are paying a price (intellectually and socially) when each of us is paying attention only to news stories and social media that confirm our own viewpoints. As a result, he warns, we are living “happily in our own worlds, and in the process closing down opportunities for originality, spontaneity and learning.”

My current inquiry: How is this evolving digital media landscape transforming communications between leaders and their (many) important audiences?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4103054/The-AI-tell-advertisers-advertisers-people-willing-try-new-things.html#ixzz4VNJcFyEQ
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Today's "Globe and Mail" included Syd Finkelstein's "Superbosses" among its ten best business books of 2016. This marks a year of ongoing accolades for the Tuck School professor's outstanding leadership study. Haven't read it yet?Here's my review from earlier this year. bit.ly/1T3WvV5

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I had the pleasure of leading a “Nonprofit Turnaround” session today at Harvard’s Kennedy School. My premise: Turning around an under-performing organization has always presented difficult strategic choices. But these challenges may become even more complex and uncertain in the Trump Era. We can’t yet know exactly how 2017 will change the nonprofit environment, but this much is undoubtedly true: Every nonprofit needs to be adaptive and responsive to the changing social, economic and political environment.

Bright, committed attendees made this Kennedy School event a pleasure and privilege. Together, we addressed governance and leadership requirements, as well as key approaches in “diagnosing” organizational issues that are obstacles to sustainability: setting turnaround priorities; identifying key stakeholder groups; developing a holistic turnaround plan; and executing on that plan with relentless focus to achieve success.
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When I recently was elected Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee for a NYSE-listed company, I set out to do some homework about gender diversity practices among corporate boards. Among other things, I learned that misperceptions still exist regarding a “lack of qualified women” for board positions. U.S. publicly traded companies still have a ways to go! #Diversity, #Women, #Boards, #Governance http://bit.ly/2el216v

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Excited about the announcement from Boyd Gaming, where I’ve been a director since 2009. Boyd recently elected me Chair (1st woman in this role!) of a key board committee. In this position, I now lead the committee responsible for establishing governance policies and procedures, assessing board effectiveness and identifying qualified prospects when board vacancies arise.

Diversity and governance issues long have interested me — so I’m grateful for this new opportunity. Thanks for all the kind words! Details here: http://buff.ly/2cIpa2q

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Fascinating networking event this week: With colleagues from law and business, I toured the rare books collection at Harvard Business School's Baker Library. Among the collection's many gems are those show here: First edition of Adam Smith's "Wealth of Nations" (1776), and the first Chinese translation of that work. We also saw this handsome engraving — the world's first stock certificate — from 1582. Many thanks to Laura Linard, Director of the HBS Baker Library Special Collections!
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Before your next big speech or presentation, take a few minutes to read this interesting post from Stanford Business School lecturer Matt Abrahams. "A Big Data Approach to Public Speaking" draws on the research of Noah Zandan — whose team analyzed more than 100,000 presentations. 

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As the +Harvard Business Review  article point out, a matrix structure is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. A matrix organization, however, can be most effective when its strategy and business goals are well defined — and the structure facilitates achieving them. In order to have the matrix structure work effectively, key requirements include: clear communication; alignment on decision-making authority; collaboration and coordination across business units at every level (thereby breaking down "silos"); defined accountability; and specifically articulated expectations.

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As a weekly airline traveler, I am grateful to the skillful pilots who deliver me safely to far-flung destinations — and to the professional cabin crew who are always at-the-ready during those long flights. Today I applaud +AmericanAir Captain Bobby for a safe flight and Flight Attendant Tracy (a 31-year AA veteran!) for her always gracious and personable service. Thank you (and see you next week... as usual!). 
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