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In Conversation with Doug Conant

Thursday, April 19, 2018

NACD NJ continues its series of fireside chats with distinguished executives who have served as the Chief Executive Officers of New Jersey-headquartered corporations. This program will offer an opportunity to hear from internationally renowned business leader and best-selling author, Douglas R. Cona ...

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Our March 15 program featured a lively and interactive presentation by Professor Michael Useem, the William and Jacalyn Egan Professor of Management and the Director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. 

Professor Useem distinguished the Board’s fiduciary role from the act of leadership, explaining that Boards should behave as leaders in three ways:  take charge, partner or stay out of the way.  He walked through the scenario in which, via an act of leadership by the Apple Board—the rehiring of Steve Jobs in 1996—that company was resuscitated from certain failure to stunning success.

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