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Columbia Law School Magazine – Class Notes

This article was published in the “Class Notes” section of the Fall 2011 Columbia Law School Magazine: James U. Jensen founded his own Salt Lake City practice, ClearWater Law & Governance, after previously retiring from a long career in executive … Continue reading

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Performance Metrics—Caution: Use Only With Equal Parts of Board Judgment: by James U. Jensen

The following article was provided in the materials of the October, 2010 Green River Conference on Corporate Governance, in Salt Lake City, Utah. ******** Hot off the press at NACD is the latest statement of “Performance Metrics” in the form … Continue reading

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How to Get on a Board – Beverly Behan

It’s neither as simple nor as difficult as people may think. Following this practical advice can increase your chances of being able to serve on a board by Beverly Behan There are three popular myths about getting on a board: … Continue reading

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How to Conduct a Successful Self-Assessment–James U. Jensen

October 2005 Utah Business Magazine It may seem obvious that self evaluation by a board of directors can improve company performance, but the practice has not been visible in most public companies, and it is only now that the practice … Continue reading

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“Angels on Boards” –James U. Jensen

Setting expectations and goals when inviting an angel investor to sit at the boardroom table. An angel is to be one of your directors. Is this manna from heaven or manure from hell? How can you predict success? What if … Continue reading

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Improving Communications Between the Board and the CEO–James U. Jensen

May 2005 Utah Business Magazine Senior management and the board need clear communication to work effectively with one another. Too often, however, these groups repeat that famous scene from Steve McQueen’s movie, Cool Hand Luke: “What we have here is … Continue reading

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WARNING – Don’t Frustrate your Shareholders!! –James U. Jensen

Boards that Work – How CEO’s Find Them and Flourish Provided by: Jim Jensen – CEO, ClearWater Group NACD, UTC and MWCN meeting on January 21, 2010 in Salt Lake City, Utah WARNING – Don’t Frustrate your Shareholders!! — The … Continue reading

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Performance Questions: A Board That Works–James U. Jensen

Boards that Work – How CEO’s Find Them and Flourish Provided by: Jim Jensen – CEO, ClearWater Group NACD, UTC and MWCN meeting on January 21, 2010 in Salt Lake City, Utah PERFORMANCE QUESTIONS FOR A “BOARD THAT WORKS”: What … Continue reading

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Boards that Work – Board Duties & Minutes–J. Ralph Atkin

Provided by: J. Ralph Atkin – Attorney and Board Member NACD, UTC and MWCN meeting on January 21, 2010 in Salt Lake City, Utah BOARD DUTIES & MINUTES – Short Tutorial BUSINESS JUDGMENT RULE: The Business Judgment Rule presumes that … Continue reading

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Did Compliance Programs Fail the Test During the Financial Meltdown?–David Hechler

By David Hechler Corporate Counsel March 20, 2009 In a speech last November, Christopher Cox spoke out on the importance of compliance. In his waning months as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, during which he was regularly criticized … Continue reading

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