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  • The “Corporate Board” Might Be Your Springboard

    “Good dealings with a corporate board all add up because directors are paying closer attention to rising stars below the CEO level,” says James G. Cullen, lead director for Johnson & Johnson.

    “Good dealings with a corporate board all add up because directors are paying closer attention to rising stars below the CEO level,” says James G. Cullen, independent lead director for Johnson & Johnson and Prudential Financial Inc.

    Yet executives often don’t know how to get noticed by directors because “they have few opportunities to present or interact in a social setting,” says Boston executive coach Suzanne Bates, author of the new book, “Discover Your CEO Brand.”

    The good news is that many top executives are keen to help up-and-comers make a good impression before the board.

    Douglas R. Conant, recently retired chief executive of Campbell Soup Co. says he used to invite staffers to observe board meetings months or even years before their initial presentation. “They came to know the directors as people,” learning the lesson “that all of us put our pants on one leg at a time.”

    Read Full Article in Wall Street Journal. com

    Good luck.

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