"There aren’t many paths to fortune left."

That statement is incorrect but I suppose that to espouse reality does not garner as many claps as perpetual doom, gloom and victimhood.

Further to the point, the paths that individuals should consider are not the narrow path to fortune but the pursuit of their individual dreams.


Miscellaneous Respones:

1. With what specifically did you disagree in my article?

2. I have extreme doubts that millions of people are as talented as McCartney, Swift and Rowling. These three and others like them are not lucky although it may appear to be that they are. Their success is…


A Value Maximization Model For Public Companies

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Corporate governance is a hot topic. Every day, it seems, there is a bombardment of new proposals for improving or fixing public company boards: diversity, inclusion, corporate social responsibility, ESG, and a continual roll-out of new “governance codes.” Politics is involved including all Senator Elizabeth Warren’s bill that would require…


Succeeding Where Over Two-Thirds of Roll-Ups Fail

A roll-up strategy involves the acquisition of multiple smaller companies in a fragmented industry with the intent to develop a company that creates value for its shareholders. But, in a Harvard Business Review piece by Paul Carroll and Chunka Mui entitled “Seven Ways to Fail Big,” one of the seven…


A Look At A High Performance Hard Driving Entrepreneurial Model

On Monday August 19, 2019 the Business Roundtable (BRT) issued a statement on their proposed new governance model for corporations. This new model, in essence, is a “Stakeholder Model” designed to replace the purported “Shareholder Value Maximization Model.” I published an article in LinkedIn in response to this statement by…


The Critical Role & Qualifications of The Non-Executive Chairman

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Excerpted from Governance Arbitrage: Blowing Up the Public Company Governance Model to Maximize Long-Term Shareholder Value

“I’ve been a big fan for years of splitting the jobs of the CEO and the chairman. And that is now beginning to happen. But that’s nowhere near enough. Having an outsider or an…


Analysis of the Poor Performance of the Public Company Governance Model

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Excerpted from the book Governance Arbitrage: Blowing Up the Public Company Governance Model to Maximize Long-Term Shareholder Value

In the late 1970s and into the 1980s “corporate raiders” such as T. Boone Pickens, Carl Icahn, Sir James Goldsmith and others became acutely aware that the assets on the books of…


The Only System That Provides The Freedom For the Development of One’s Potential Is At Risk

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In Part I of Capitalism Under Siege, attention was restricted to the various proposals, new corporate purposes, pending bills, etc. focused on watering down corporate governance even more than it already is. …


Watering Down of Corporate Governance Raises Red Flags

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I recently had a book published entitled Governance Arbitrage: Blowing Up the Public Company Governance Model to Maximize Long-Term Shareholder Value. I wrote this book because I believe that boards of public companies underperform and that this underperformance is the result of a governance model that is at best, sub-optimal…


Competence Specific To The Company’s Value Creation Requirements As Primary Criteria

Over the course of my career I have been involved in restructuring, fully replacing or putting together from scratch numerous boards of directors in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Although there has been considerable development and refinement in my thinking along the way, there has always been an underlying…

Henry D. Wolfe

Activist investor/board member and author of Governance Arbitrage: Blowing Up the Public Company Governance Model to Maximize Long-Term Shareholder Value

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