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To coincide with the upcoming BlueSteps executive webinar, ‘The Changing Landscape of Board Recruitment in Europe’, we have compiled our top 5 articles discussing boardroom management and candidate recruitment:
  
1. Growing HR Influence in the Boardroom
Korn/Ferry’s latest white paper on the boardroom features a panel of FTSE100 board members discussing the decreasing numbers of HR leaders in FTSE100 company boardrooms. The panel discusses what that means in terms of recruiting the best talent and the new ways that HR executives are finding to influence conversations around talent and business issues.
 
2. Board Chairs Should be More Like Judges
Board membership has changed in the last ten years and as board members are looking at more responsibility and closer public scrutiny, it is becoming harder and harder to recruit quality candidates onto boards. This means that companies sometimes end up with a ‘board full of people that it can find rather than the people it needs’. In this article, Roger Martin discusses what he think indicates a good director.
 
3. More women on boards? There aren’t enough who are qualified
It has been proven that the more diverse a board is, the better the decisions. But it isn’t enough to keep telling chairmen to increase the number of women on boards, there needs to be viable female candidates to fill the need. It isn’t a question of whether women are capable, of course they are, but there is a lack of candidates with the right experience to fit the board member mold. Read on to uncover the issues that executive recruiters are facing in their hunt for female board members.
 
4. The Doofus factor
Did you know that the average tenure of CEOs has fallen by nearly two years in the last decade? The Economist takes a brief glance at the mistakes boards have been making recently and what the last 20 years of corporate governance reforms may have done to contribute to these failures.
 
5. Board Leadership Trends: Building an Effective Board in Today's Environment
There are lots of tips and tricks to be gleaned for prospective board members in this video interview with Julie Daum, co-leader of Board & CEO Practice at Spencer Stuart. Julie delivers an insight into the difficulties of recruiting excellent board candidates in this changing environment.
 
Join us on October 19th for our BlueSteps Executive Webinar ‘The Changing Landscape of Board Recruitment in Europe’. BlueSteps members receive an exclusive discount on executive seminars. If you are a senior executive, see below for membership details.
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This article was written by Sarah Wright, Marketing Assistant at the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC).

BlueSteps is the exclusive service of the AESC that puts senior executives on the radar screen of over 8,000 executive search professionals in over 70 countries. Be visible, and be considered for up to 75,000 opportunities handled by AESC search firms every year. Find out more at www.BlueSteps.com.

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