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Boards That Excel : Candid Insights and Practical Advice for Directors - B. Joseph White

Boards That Excel

Candid Insights and Practical Advice for Directors

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This book raises the performance bar for boards and directors, and empowers them to raise the performance and achievement bar for the organizations they serve. Boards That Excel urges directors and companies to move beyond today s prevailing good governance standards, and provides actionable, evidence-based guidance on how to get there. While good governance principles suggest that boards should focus on oversight and monitoring, great governance sees those standards as just a merely adequate baseline responsibility. Most books in this field focus on this baseline, and are primarily about directors legal duties and obligations and the basic monitoring of management. Some books take a step beyond that into areas such as facilitating strategy development but tend to rely on generic (albeit valuable) formulas. This book acknowledges baseline requirements. But B. Joseph White asserts that stewardship requires the board to set higher aspirations for itself and the organizations they serve. And with higher aspirations, boards need to go about their work in the right way to support and enable high achievement from the CEO on down. White prescribes an overarching goal for boards, defining their core purpose: to ensure the organization s ability to control its destiny. If boards do that, they clear the way for leaders to make decisions based on with what they think they should do, not what they are forced to do. He helps directors understand the enterprises they oversee as well as their roles and responsibilities. He defines and describes the vital substance of board work as well as the process to accomplish it. Many governance books speak to current and prospective directors as if they were students, not accomplished professionals. In Boards That Excel, the author connects peer-to-peer. He inspires higher aspirations with the overarching framework, and brings four critical pieces together to enable directors to achieve their goals."

"Boards That Excel is an essential resource for all directors, new and experienced, of both for-profit companies and not-for-profit organizations. It's the perfect blend of research data and real-world best practices and experience that can drive effective governance in an ever-changing environment." --Mary Kay Haben, Director, Hershey and Bob Evans, and Trustee, Equity Residential "Joe White's Boards That Excel is an in-depth effort to reconcile the importance of governance with the ultimate mission of a board of directors. Perhaps the most relevant of many insights in the book is the recognition that performance and return on investment are ultimate measures and that superior governance contributes to those positive results." --Sam Zell, Chairman, Equity Group Investments, Equity Residential, Equity LifeStyle Properties, Anixter, and Covanta "Many family businesses are late to the game when it comes to developing a disciplined and pragmatic approach to governance. The insights and principles shared in this excellent book have played a significant role in the growth and success of our multigenerational family business for over twenty-five years." --Dan Gordon, Chairman, Gordon Food Service "The book provides insightful discussions of the necessary skills, attitudes, and knowledge that any board member must have. It gives well-structured coverage of best board practices. It also offers contexts for those practices by including insightful personal reflections on the role a board plays in organizational leadership from one who has thought deeply about it and actually experienced it in many important organizations." --Paul Danos, Dean and Laurence F. Whittemore Professor of Business Administration, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and Director, General Mills "What I've come to appreciate over the years is that at the end of the day, good governance is an art form like major league sports. It improves with hours of practice and experience. As with the team game of basketball, one gets better sooner by studying from the masters. Joe White is a master--he is the John Wooden and Vince Lombardi of corporate governance." --Mannie Jackson, Chairman, Boxcar Holdings; former owner and Chairman, Harlem Globetrotters; and Director, Acorn Energy, EPIC Research & Diagnostics, and Arizona Diamondbacks "Joe White's book on corporate governance serves as a primer for new or seasoned board members. It is filled with relevant and personal anecdotes that provide valuable insights on how to function effectively on boards. It is a must-read for anyone who has said yes to a board invitation--and it should be handed out bythose doing the asking." --Tim Solso, Chairman, General Motors; Director, Ball; and former Chairman and CEO, Cummins "What I've come to appreciate over the years is that at the end of the day, good governance is an art. It improves with hours of practice and experience. As with the team game of basketball, one gets better sooner by studying from the masters. Joe White is a master--he is the John Wooden and Vince Lombardi of corporate governance." --Mannie Jackson, Chairman, Boxcar Holdings; former owner and Chairman, Harlem Globetrotters; Director, Acorn Energy, EPIC Research & Diagnostics, and Arizona Diamondbacks; and former director of companies including Ashland Oil, Jostens, Reebok, Stanley Black & Decker, Transamerica, and True North "Boards That Excel is an essential resource for all directors, new and experienced, of both for-profit companies and not-for-profit organizations. It's the perfect blend of research data and real-world best practices and experience that can drive effective governance in an ever-changing environment." --Mary Kay Haben, Director, Hershey and Bob Evans, and Trustee, Equity Residential "Joe White is a leader in the increasingly important field of corporate governance. He is sought out as an advisor to major corporations, is a thought leader among academicians, and an active participant in the boardroom. His book should be required reading for those presently sitting in the boardroom, those expecting to participate in the future, and those seeking the best thinking in the corporate governance world." --Sheli Rosenberg, cofounder and former Director, Center for Executive Women, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, and Director, Equity LifeStyle Properties, Nanosphere, Strategic Hotels & Resorts, and Ventas "Boards That Excel is a great book for students, investors, and directors to understand the essence of what makes companies tick. Joe White's insightful thoughts and observations can help anyone who reads them understand the impact directors and corporate governance principles can have on the corporation." --Rick Hill, former Chairman and CEO, Novellus Systems, and Director, Arrow Electronics, LSI, Cabot Microelectronics, Tessera, and Planar Systems "Joe White's book serves as a primer for new and seasoned board members. It is filled with relevant and personal anecdotes that provide valuable insights on how to function effectively on boards. It is a must-read for anyone who has said yes to a board invitation--and it should be handed out by those doing the asking." --Tim Solso, Chairman, General Motors; Director, Ball; and former Chairman and CEO, Cummins "Joe White's Boards That Excel is an in-depth effort to reconcile the importance of governance with the ultimate mission of a board of directors. Perhaps the most relevant of many insights in the book is the recognition that performance and return on investment are ultimate measures and that superior governance contributes to those positive results." --Sam Zell, Chairman, Equity Group Investments, Equity Residential, Equity LifeStyle Properties, Anixter, and Covanta

ISBN: 9781626562226
ISBN-10: 1626562229
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 18th August 2014
Publisher: BERRETT-KOEHLER
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.55