Managing Expectations with Your Board: 10 Major Taboo Issues Growing Inside Your Company

Learn the 10 common taboos found within many organizations and how to address them if discovered in yours.
Board Relations

Format          55 Minute Lesson
Chapters       11
Skill Level     New to Topic
Audience      CEO
Includes       Access for 1 year. Stream on all devices.

Course Description

In this lesson, ExecSense examines the key, unspoken business issues every executive and member of any Board needs to understand. Take the 55 minutes to learn what questions members of your Board of Directors will ask before you’re in front of them.

This 11-chapter program is led by an expert, Gary Patterson (Managing Director – Fiscal Communications), and focuses on acting tactically to address issues and prioritizing risk—all informed by the personal, but anonymous stories from CEOs and Boards.

In this 55-minute session, you will learn:

  • Why key issues aren’t showing up on your radar, what to do to bring them to the forefront, and how to craft a pre-boardroom agendas that tackles the 10 key taboo themes being missed by directors today
  • A comprehensive breakdown of the POWERS2 (problem, overcome, withdraw, extract, review, solve, and sustain) framework that can help you remove risks and evaluate challenges effectively
  • A list of the top 5 themes that get in the way of success: true customer and service profitability, change, overly optimistic financial reporting and procedures, misjudged opportunity costs, and self puffery
  • How to confront the taboo issues that get in the way of profitability: succession planning that does not cover three levels and too much reliance on past successes
  • Why timely and accurate information management and clear, interconnected corporate strategy are necessary to avoid “self puffery,” the moment when your marketing and public relations strategies become pure spin rather than honest storytelling

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Gary Patterson
Managing Director, Fiscal Communications

Expertise: Enterprise Risk Management

Gary W. Patterson has more than 30 years of senior management experience with high growth technology, wireless, manufacturing and service companies.

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Gary has worked with more than 200 companies — from start-ups to Inc 500 to Fortune 500 — providing high level strategic guidance and expertise. Gary’s financial acumen and extensive business knowledge have brought about significant outcomes for his clients, helping them to successfully navigate that often murky pathway to growth and profitability.

Gary’s extraordinary track record includes building two start-ups (each achieving $10 million in revenue within their first year), diagnosing company oversights to save $150K to $3 million annually; guiding a young company through a liquidity search resulting in $25 million in financing, and; helping a company broaden its client base 525%, increasing revenue from $16 million to $100 million.

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