In parts of Indonesia Komodo Dragons make unwelcome and unannounced visits to villages that border their habitat. Even though the giant lizards and humans lived in harmony for generations, contention exists now. Environmentalists have imposed new policies in a region where people perceived a sacred duty in caring for the Komodo Dragons. The relationship between lizard and human has not been the same since.
CEOs and boards of directors have experienced a similar loss of symbiosis. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 caused CEOs and directors to examine the way they do business. Now, more than ever, directors are taking their responsibilities seriously, speaking up, and striving for results; but, in many cases, the evolving relationship between the CEO and the board has not found the right symmetry. Here are some things the CEO can do to work more effectively with the board: