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BOARDROOM Q&A - Ralph Ward Answers Your Toughest Boardroom Questions [Kindle Edition]

Ralph Ward
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Book Description

Boardroom Q&A delivers over 100 real-world answers to the toughest questions facing corporate board members worldwide today, drawn from Ralph Ward's Boardroom INSIDER governance newsletter. Savvy advice from leading corporate directors, consultants, counsel, and financial experts, in a handy Q&A format.

(Sample contents)
BOARD STRUCTURE AND PROCEDURES
How to Nudge Our Board Into Using More Tech?... Should We Add a “Governance” Committee?... “Lost” Resolutions at Our Board Meetings?...
Tempting Reluctant Board Candidates… Board Size - Is Bigger or Smaller Better?... Should We Limit How Many Board Seats We Can Hold?... How “Independent” Should Our Board Really Be?... Are Board Term Limits a Good Idea?... How A Board “Pre-Meeting” Can Deliver Better Oversight… Where Can We Cut Board Expenses?

WRESTLING WITH BOARD INFORMATION
Give Your Board a Tour of the Company Website… What is Our Audit Committee Missing?... How Can We Educate Directors In A Hurry?... How Should Our Board Get a Handle On Risk?... How Should CEOs Update the Board?... What Do We Miss When We Review Disclosures?... Why Do Our Board Presentations Suck?

PERSONAL ISSUES
How Do I Disagree At a Board Meeting?... How (And How Not) To Quit a Board… When There’s “Bad Chemistry” Between CEO and Lead Director… Bringing a “Hostile” Director Onto the Board… “Don’t Let the Board See This!”… Directors Blabbing Outside the Boardroom?... Dealing With Boardroom Dissidents… Texting Troubles in the Boardroom?... Trouble Selling Your Committee’s Work to the Full Board?

LIABILITIES
Suing One of Your Own Board Members?... What Are My Post-Board Legal Liabilities?... “Related-Party Transaction” Dangers For Your Board… What Are My Post-Bankruptcy Board Liabilities?... Is My Personal D&O Coverage Adequate?... Is My “Expertise” a Boardroom Lawsuit Danger?... When Your Own Directors Sue… Your Growing Nonprofit Board Liabilities… How Effective is Our Board Conflict of Interest Policy?... When Should a Director Abstain from Discussion?

MY PERSONAL BOARD PORTFOLIO
Why Can’t I Get On a Board?... Our CEO Won’t Let Me Join Outside Boards… Your First Board Meeting… Recovering From A Boardroom Boner… Am I On Too Many Boards?... “Due Diligence” Before I Join a Board?... How Do We Shape Policy for Our Execs Joining Outside Boards?... So What is a “Change in Director’s Job Status?”

PAYSETTING FOR BOARD AND EXECS
Should We Rethink Board Perks and Benefits?... Should We Pay Some Directors More Than Others?... Options vs. Restricted Stock for Our Board?... What Changes for CEO Option Pay?... When Do We Pay Our Directors?... Errors in Our CEO Pay and Perks Disclosure?

CRISES
Is The CEO Lying to Us?... The Exploding Board Resignation Letter… We Have to Investigate One of Our Own Board Members… Should We Take the Company Private?... Investor Relations During Board Investigations… What Should We Disclose On The CEO’s Health Problem?... When You Must Investigate Your CEO/Chair… What CEOs Really Need From Their Boards in Times of Crisis

BOARD LEADERSHIP
How Can I Learn to Be a Board Chair?... How to Chair a Private Company Board… How Do We Evaluate Our Chairman?... When the Chair Takes Over as CEO… Prepping for the New Committee Chair… How Can a New Chair Shake Up the Audit Committee?... Your New Board Leader’s First 100 Days… Six Tips For Effectively Chairing Board Meetings… What Qualifications Are Needed in an Independent Board Chair?

BOARD/MANAGEMENT ISSUES
Is Our CEO Evaluation a Fixed Game?... When The Board Stops Trusting The CEO… CEO vs. the Board on Recruiting New Directors… Has the Board Lost Faith in This CEO?... An Investor “End Run” Around the CEO to the Board?... Tough Calls on Family Business Succession… Director Dealmaking Dangers?... The Board and an Interim CEO… How Should We Limit Our CEO’s Dealmaking?... A “No Contract” CEO Contract?...What do CEOs Need to Report to the Board?

Product Details

  • File Size: 339 KB
  • Print Length: 154 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Boardroom INSIDER; One edition (August 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GGP2ZQ
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5.0 out of 5 stars Boardroom Q&A from the curmudgeon November 11, 2011
The latest must-read book from America's other governance curmudgeon, Ralph Ward, is titled, Boardroom Q&A - Ralph Ward Answers Your Toughest Boardroom Questions (published by Boardroom INSIDER; Kindle edition only (August 7, 2011)).

Ralph Ward is writer, editor, publisher and everything else for Boardroom INSIDER, the electronic governance newsletter he's produced since 1997. See his web site for a complete description of Mr. Ward, his books, his newsletter and all things INSIDER: [...]

Curmudgeon? Mr. Ward admits to as much, himself, here:

"I've taken a deliberately contrarian approach to the topic of corporate governance."

Mr. Ward's latest book is a compendium of eighty-eight Q&As (questions and answers) plus another fifteen answers-only that he's fielded from readers and advisors through his BI newsletter. Boardroom Q&A is a treasure-trove of information now assembled in a Kindle-only edition.

This excerpt should make aspiring board candidates feel a little less intimidated:

"The men and women who serve on the world's corporate boards are already supposed to know all these answers . . . but often they don't."

Another insight suggests that candidates also are not the only ones trying to learn all this best practices stuff by hook or by crook:

"All [corporate directors] tend to be smart, conscientious and business savvy. Yet, they've had to teach themselves how to wrestle with the unique personal, logistical, tactical and legal issues encountered behind boardroom doors." [Emphasis added.]

It's great to see that many of the experts Mr.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Richard Leblanc, PhD October 31, 2011
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This is a terrific e-book by noted author and commentator Ralph Ward. I read it on a plane in my iPad (very convenient). It is organized into several dozen Q and A across all governance areas, with rich examples and best practices from Ralph's data collection and work with and on boards of directors. Very practical guidance and nuggets of what the best boards do. Also, very convenient to read and hone in on areas of interest to a practicing director, board chair, or advisors to boards. Well done Ralph! Richard Leblanc, Associate Professor, Governance, Law & Ethics, York University, Toronto Canada
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Cost-effective Tool Available to Board Members September 13, 2011
Since 1997, Boardroom INSIDER has focused not on the big topics of governance -- the kind I try to address at corpgov.net -- but the little topics of boardsmanship, the real-world concerns that directors urgently ask about. In his new Kindle published book, Boardroom Q&A, Ralph Ward Answers Your Toughest Boardroom Questions... even those many board members are unwilling to ask. Well qualified himself, much of Ward's advice comes from a wide variety of top experts.

At a cost of less than $8, it has to be the most cost-effective tool available to board members. Every company should buy a copy for all their board members. The book is quick and snappy. Although organized into nine major headings, you can dive in anywhere and benefit. It is a great little book to keep handy on your iPad or Kindle. Read it on your next flight or anytime before you need the answer to that puzzling board question. As a long-term shareowner, I certainly appreciate the book's final word:

"I believe the thing we're most responsible for [as directors] is strategic discussion on the company. I didn't find enough of that in boardrooms. Strategy is difficult -- you're dealing with unknowns, and it's harder to grasp. But it doesn't have to bump up against the routine disclosure stuff. If you don't have enough time to discuss strategy, then you just have to make the time. Remember, you're there to represent the shareholders."
-- Thomas Wheeler, Former CEO, MassMutual Financial Group, member of numerous boards.

Also well worth reading: The New Boardroom Leaders: How Today's Corporate Boards Are Taking Charge and Saving the Corporate Board: Why Boards Fail and How to Fix Them.
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