The Imperfect Board Member: Discovering the Seven Disciplines of Governance Excellence

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Praise for The Imperfect Board Member

"Finally! A book about boards that isn't boring!"
—Patrick Lencioni, author, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

"Everyone wins with good governance—countries, corporations, and community groups. In a compelling style like no one before him, Jim Brown helps leaders understand the keys for boardroom excellence. The Imperfect Board Member ought to be required reading for people ...

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Overview

Praise for The Imperfect Board Member

"Finally! A book about boards that isn't boring!"
—Patrick Lencioni, author, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

"Everyone wins with good governance—countries, corporations, and community groups. In a compelling style like no one before him, Jim Brown helps leaders understand the keys for boardroom excellence. The Imperfect Board Member ought to be required reading for people on every type of board. The great thing is that it won't need to be required—it's such a fun book, every leader will want to read it."
—Jim Balsillie, chairman and co-CEO, Research in Motion; chair, Centre for International Governance Innovation

"I know no board members, myself included, who won't learn valuable lessons from Jim Brown's book The Imperfect Board Member. Don't miss it!"
—Ken Blanchard, coauthor, The One-Minute Manager® and The Secret

"Thanks to Sarbanes-Oxley, boards have become active. The Imperfect Board Member clarifies sharply the lines of what boards need to do and what management needs to do. The time has come for the two groups to work together and yet keep independent."
—Ram Charan, coauthor, Execution, and author, Boards That Deliver

"The Imperfect Board Member by Jim Brown is a highly perceptive, eminently readable, engagingly human book on how boards and directors can improve their performance. In a breezy conversational style that uses dialogue invitingly and often, the author explores with sensitivity and a light touch not only the standard ingredients but also the more subtle nuances of excellence in both corporate and not-for-profit governance."
—William A. Dimma, author, Tougher Boards for Tougher Times; chairman, Home Capital Group Inc.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787986100
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/29/2006
  • Series: J-B US non-Franchise Leadership Series , #14
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 557,358
  • Product dimensions: 5.89 (w) x 8.41 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Brown is a founding partner of Strive!—a leadership development firm that specializes in governance. With offices near Toronto and Cleveland, Strive! provides coaching and consulting services to boards and leaders across North America and in various countries around the world. Brown's seasoned wisdom and inspirational support have made him a trusted coach for leaders, and a sought-after speaker. Contact him at www.strive.com.

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Table of Contents

Foreword, by Patrick Lencioni.

Introduction: Boards Matter.

1. On the Edge.

2. A Glimmer of Hope.

3. The Secret Formula.

4. The Enemy Within.

5. Unraveling from the Inside.

6. Rebuilding from the Ground Up.

7. One Step Forward, Two Steps Back.

8. Expect More.

9. Catching the Wind.

10. Uncovering the Gem.

11. Breakthrough.

12. The Big Day.

Afterword: Making Application.

Recommended Reading on Governance.

Notes.

Acknowledgments.

The Author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2006

    Excellent Insight - Clearly Wise!

    A stranger to business I am not, and make no mistake, obviously neither is Jim Brown. This book nails so many points right on the head, that it would take too long to list! Good thing Brown put them in a book! A seemingly light read on the outset, yet slow down and learn folks. I wish everyone on a board, for profit or not for profit, a CEO or even those in senior management could read this. It so clearly defines boards, shareholders and managements roles in a non threatening way that as a third party fable view, you can¿t help but laugh and begin to peg characters of people that I¿m sure you know in real life. The ¿Afterword¿ gives you so much free advice it¿s as good as a weekend seminar in itself, a suggested reading library, and a referral for testimonials. All that for $30! Why wouldn¿t a true student of life own this book? If your answer is anything other than buying this book in the next 60 seconds, then I guess the answer is obvious. (PS ¿ no I don¿t work for Jim Brown)

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