1. Cisco: Boards Try Buddy System to Get Newcomers Up to Speed

    Cisco: Boards Try Buddy System to Get Newcomers Up to Speed

    Amy Chang got unusually frank feedback when the new director of Cisco Systems Inc. walked out of her first board meeting last December. Longtime board member Carol Bartz chided the then 39-year-old tech executive for apologizing when she posed questions during the meeting. "You have the right to ask questions," said Ms. Bartz, a Cisco director since 1996...

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    1. You have the right to ask questions.
    2. It's a really efficient and practical way to assure that the new directors get the most out of the early meetings.
    3. She really took the time to walk me through things.
    4. I come into Cisco certainly having very strong experience running public companies (though) not with a tremendous grasp of technology.
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