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

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Meet David Slater. He is an ambitious and overcommitted executivewho is struggling to lead his business through its first year as apublicly traded company. Of all his challenges, his board ofdirectors is the most frustrating. He thinks everyone else is theproblem. But he's "the imperfect board member."

Support comes from a most unlikely source?a fellow directoron the board of a community recreational association. As theyvolunteer together, ...

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Overview

Meet David Slater. He is an ambitious and overcommitted executivewho is struggling to lead his business through its first year as apublicly traded company. Of all his challenges, his board ofdirectors is the most frustrating. He thinks everyone else is theproblem. But he's "the imperfect board member."

Support comes from a most unlikely source—a fellow directoron the board of a community recreational association. As theyvolunteer together, David discovers the seven disciplines that willenable any board to lead effectively.

Presented as a captivating leadership fable, The Imperfect BoardMember brings the disappointment and dysfunction of boards to life.The main characters in the story combine the contexts of business,nonprofit, and faith-based organizations, making it applicable toboards of every type.

David's struggles and the lessons he learns change how he viewshis role as a board member. You'll delight as he develops theGovernance Excellence Model. And you'll see for yourself how anyboard, and any board member, can add value to the organizationsthey serve.

David's story reveals that while it's vital for board members tobring their skills and knowledge to the table so they are able toperform as a "smart" board, it's also imperative that boards be"healthy." A healthy board exhibits the qualities of candor andtrust and understands the roles of board and management.

To help put these principles and practices into action, the bookconcludes by reviewing the model, offering tools and tips, andlisting resources. The Imperfect Board Member is filled withinsight and understanding to help you take the next step todeveloping a healthy board.

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"Brown delivers a creative analogy that can be applied to both the corporate and nonprofit arenas. Anyone who leads boards or serves as a member of a board should sit up and take notice of this wonderful book." (www.charitychannel.com, October 2008)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787986100
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 9/29/2006
  • Series: J-B US non-Franchise Leadership Series , #14
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 402,523
  • 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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