What Are Boards Thinking About as They Go Back to the Boardroom?

September brings a return to the boardroom. Traditionally most boards take some time off during the summer, but this summer saw a lot of activity inside and around the boardroom. Chairs and board directors took time to re-examine, reassess and regroup so they can hit the ground running.

There was plenty for them to think about as they reflected over the past year, and as they watched Barclays, Standard Chartered, and others in the spotlight, and thought about what it means for them.

I worked with a number of boards and board chairs over the summer, and here are the things on their minds and the things they'll be grappling with this autumn, above and beyond the usual business of the year.

Lucy P. Marcus is a board chair and non-executive director who is challenging conventional wisdom inside and outside the board room and has emerged as a strong voice setting the agenda on future proofing boardrooms and companies around the world. She was recently recognised with the Thinkers 50 "Future Thinkers" Award and was ranked 19th on the Reuters & Klout 50 list of "Most Influential Execs on the Web". The CEO of Marcus Venture Consulting, she is also Professor of Leadership and Governance at IE Business School, focusing on corporate governance, ethics and leadership, and she writes a column and hosts a tv series, "In the Boardroom with Lucy Marcus" for Reuters on the intersection of boards and leadership.