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Dilemmas, Dilemmas: Practical Case Studies for Company Directors (Directors Dilemmas Book 1) by [Julie Garland-McLellan]
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I'm in need of inspiration. Dilemmas, Dilemmas provides such needed inspiration in an easy to understand way.
--Kristiaan Kaas Mortensen, Baltic Institute of Corpoate Governance

A book that is at once highly readable and highly thought-provoking. The purpose of the book is to educate and entertain. It does both, and to a high degree. --Stephen Gageler, Solicitor General of Australia

Whilst applicable at all levels, the book has particular value as a reinforcement tool for new Directors. It has great applicability to the NFP sector and would be a great "aide memoire" for trainers.
--Geoff de Lacy, Governance Consultant

Dilemmas sheds fresh light on how directors make a contribution.  This is a refreshing change from the more conventional recitation of the various functions and duties of directors.
--Ralph Evans, former CEO Australian Institute of Company Directors

If you currently serve on a Board, or ever plan to do so, this fine book will help develop your personal judgment before you need to use it.  Enjoy!
--John Salisbury, President, Captive.com llc

From the Author

Directors need good judgement. A lack of it can send them to jail, expose them to ridicule, or render them bankrupt. 
Good judgement is developed by bad experience; so how can directors develop judgement without suffering the experiences?
This book is an aid to developing good judgement. It will be of interest to aspiring and experienced directors alike. The case studies are drawn from real life situations which have been fictionalised to preserve the anonymity of the protagonist and to clarify the issues. The advice is practical and pragmatic.
I wish I had read this book before I served on a board. It would have saved me much frustration as I learned through trial and error how to apply practical solutions in a complex environment.

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  • File Size: 292 KB
  • Print Length: 153 pages
  • Publisher: Great Governance; 1 edition (January 6, 2010)
  • Publication Date: January 6, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00378L82G
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By Sheila Deeth VINE VOICE on October 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
I'm not a company director and never will be. I'm not on any boards. The largest entity I've ever run was a scholastic chess club. But Julie Garland McLellan's book, Dilemmas Dilemmas: Practical case studies for company directors, still made interesting reading for me. Writing from Australia she includes advice and examples from Australia, England and America, where laws might differ but people remain the same. Her advisers have a nice mix of experience and qualifications. Her examples, despite occasional strange sets of titles and initials--CEOs, directors, Ministers, etc.--all read naturally like sitting in on a discussion on TV. And the format, with a question sheet for each "case," involves the reader directly in considering what rings true or false to them.

The case studies are given one-line explanations in a table at the start of the book, making it easy to find situations relevant to any given problem. They range from possible legal issues to inter-personal relationships, major businesses to tiny family concerns, big profit to non-profit, and stable to faltering. The laws may change between the lands, but ethics and business concerns remain the same. What fascinated me as an outsider was seeing how three different advisers can give such different advice based on the same premise, and how interpersonal relationships and style will probably determine eventual outcomes.

Even without experience or pre-conditioned interest, I found the book fascinating and thought-provoking. A final disclaimer explains the intent is "to educate and entertain," not to provide a comprehensive guide. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself both educated and entertained; my only complaint would be that I wished the table of cases had included page numbers so they'd be easier to find.

Disclaimer: I was contacted by the author and given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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When life is complex, there are no simple answers. Board directorship has a natural complexity which fashionable `bullet point' texts cannot deal with.

Julie McLellan's latest book on the subject deals with this very elegantly. Through a series of case studies she covers a surprisingly wide range of the Dilemmas facing directors - indeed there will be many `ah-ha' moments for almost any director recognising a situation they have faced. Each case study has at least three responses drawn from a wonderfully diverse set of experts, with McLellan's responses forming the consistent thread through them. Then there is room for the reader's own response using the ideas presented.

What is refreshing with this format is that the ambiguity and need for judgement are left open. As in real life it truly depends. This text encompasses not only the technical, legal governance facts but also the interpersonal dynamics. Because of the diverse perspectives of the commentators, the reader reaches a point where the question `what would I do?' feels real rather than theoretical. These are real dilemmas.

So, as a provocation to developing better answers for yourself, this book works surprisingly well.

I feel, however, that it is a concept still in the making. Commentators have been drawn from a number of jurisdictions around the world and there is still another level at which this range can be expanded and used to advantage. In other words, this reflects the ongoing debate globally on these issues, which are the subject of McLellan's useful blog.
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I've read probably 90% of the books out there about Boards, and very few really portray the ambiguous nature of the issues that Boards face -- this book does.

Other books sometime depict success in the Boardroom as a matter of following the right procedure. That's like believing there's procedures for ensuring a high-quality marriage.

The case studies in this book should be used for discussions, not only in business schools, but in Boardrooms.

High-quality Board members have developed a wisdom -- a sense of high-quality judgement -- and also a humility about that wisdom. This book portrays both.
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Having launched a Directors association covering 3 countries in 2009, started a Directors education program and now in the process of developing guidelines for State owned companies in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia I'm in need of inspiration. Dilemmas, Dilemmas provides such needed inspiration in an easy to understand way.

We are a young region when it comes to governance and such hand on advice as the book shares are hard to come by here.

Dilemmas, Dilemmas is easy to read and quickly guides the thoughts of the reader towards local examples and problems of a similar nature.

This is a book created with consideration towards providing strong and practical value for the new generation of company directors.

Kristian Kaas Mortensen, President, Baltic Institute of Corporate Governance
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