- File Size: 446 KB
- Print Length: 154 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Boardroom INSIDER; One edition (August 7, 2011)
- Publication Date: August 7, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005GGP2ZQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,172,455 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
BOARDROOM Q&A - Ralph Ward Answers Your Toughest Boardroom Questions Kindle Edition
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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.
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. Ward cites in the answers are leading women in governance consulting or executive search -- re-affirming our oft-argued premise that it doesn't matter what the percentages are, what does matter is the caliber of the women who do step up to the plate.
The topics addressed by Mr. Ward cover the basics, but also provide room for creative and innovative thinking -- something for which he is more than well-known:
Especially check out the Q&A, "Tempting Reluctant Board Candidates" under the category, My Personal Board Portfolio, and "Nonprofit Boards Battling Hard Times" under Crises. Mr. Ward pops old myths, along with the best of them.