The Guide to Winning Over

Your Board

Stop Micromanagement and Start Cultivating a Better Relationship with Your Board.

Lesson 1: Strengthen Your Relationship with Your Board

  • Learn how to adapt to today’s primary industry challenges, including globalization and rapid evolution in technology.

  • Understand how to assess your own role, broaden your professional network, and strengthen your ability to effectively interact with the Board.

  • Gain control of your board meetings by developing the skills to run them more effectively, answer tough questions with confidence, and clearly, communicate your vision and strategy.

Lesson 2: Manage Expectations with Your Board of Directors

  • Discover 5 common problem areas found in boardrooms including profitability, change management, and more.

  • Get a tactical checklist covering dos and don’ts and a breakdown of common misconceptions that will help you maintain credibility with your board.

  • Learn the 10 common taboos found within many organizations and how to address them if discovered in yours, such as too much reliance on past success and not enough focus on innovation.

Lesson 3: Drive Innovation in the Boardroom

  • Discover how tech innovation has changed in the last 30 years; especially in the financial services industry, and how to stay ahead of emerging technology.

  • Inspire and lead successful transformation by identifying key priorities, getting senior management on board, having a clearly defined message, and using internal marketing techniques to ensure employees are aware and supportive of the change.

  • Understand the process for implementing company-wide transformations, how to counter resistance to change, and keep your goals and priorities aligned by focusing on communication, training, and managerial support.

Lesson 4: Become the Next CEO: Prep & Ace the Interview

  • Understand how board members determine the strategic direction of their company, and the key internal and external challenges you will face as future CEO.

  • Discover the deciding factors a CEO candidate will be assessed on in order to fulfill company objectives, including decision-making and problem-solving, financial acumen, and leadership style.

  • Learn how the board will interview candidates to determine if they are qualified for the position and a good fit for the organization after they have set criteria for an ideal candidate.

Learn from the Best


Dr. Arthur M. Langer

Columbia University
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Dr. Arthur M. Langer is the Director of the Center for Technology Management at Columbia University and is Vice Chair of Faculty and Executive Director of the Department of Innovation and Design at the School of Professional Studies.

Art also serves on the faculty of the Department of Organization and Leadership at the Graduate School of Education (Teachers College). Dr. Langer is also an elected member of the Columbia University Faculty Senate. Dr. Langer is the author of Strategic IT: Best Practices for Managers and Executives (2013 with Lyle Yorks), Guide to Software Development: Designing & Managing the Life Cycle (2012), Information Technology and Organizational Learning (2011), Analysis and Design of Information Systems (2007), Applied Ecommerce (2002), and The Art of Analysis (1997) and has numerous published articles and papers relating to service learning for underserved populations, IT organizational integration, mentoring and staff development.

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Linda Henman

Henman Performance Group
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Linda Henman, Ph.D. has helped executives in Fortune 500 companies, privately held firms, small businesses, and military organizations to define their direction and select the best people to put their strategies in motion.

Linda holds a Ph.D. in organizational systems, two Master of Arts degrees in interpersonal communications and organization development, and a Bachelor of Science degree in communications. A former university professor, Linda served on the adjunct graduate faculty at Washington University and wrote the textbook for the school’s Leadership in Technology program. She belongs to the Air Force Association and the Million Dollar Consultants’ Hall of Fame, and she holds numerous certifications, including Director of Professionalism, a designation given by the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Senior leaders in construction, retail, financial services, food, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, and technology industries rely on her to help make essential decisions. Some of her major clients include Tyson Foods, Emerson Electric, Kraft Foods, Boeing Aircraft, Estee Lauder, and Merrill Lynch.

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Stuart Kippleman

Platform Specialty Products Corporation
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Stuart Kippelman is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Platform Specialty Products (PSP), a global, diversified producer of high-tech specialty chemicals and provider of technical services.

The business involves the formulation of a broad range of solutions-oriented specialty chemicals, which are sold into multiple industries, including agrochemical, animal health, electronics, graphic arts, plating, and offshore oil production and drilling.

Stuart is a monthly guest columnist on WSJ, and is a featured blogger on He holds multiple patents in data mining, and Business Intelligence. As an accomplished speaker, he is a frequent presenter at many major industry conferences.

Stuart is actively engaged in helping guide and develop the next generation of IT leadership and serves as a career mentor both for Columbia University’s Executive Master of Science in Technology Management program, as well as the CIO Executive Council Pathways program.

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