Board Games: Straight Talk for New Directors and Good Governance

Board Games: Straight Talk for New Directors and Good Governance

Board Games: Straight Talk for New Directors and Good Governance

Board Games: Straight Talk for New Directors and Good Governance


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Succeeding in today's corporate and not-for-profit boardrooms is tougher than ever before, with new and established board directors facing myriad new and rapidly globalizing governance challenges. Directors and aspiring board candidates need a survival guide to beat the odds and avoid crises—the best credentials and the best of intentions aren't enough. This book is that guide.

Board Games: Straight Talk for New Directors and Good Governance is an essential resource for any current or aspiring board director. It identifies the issues directors are most likely to face in today's rapidly changing, potentially hazardous business environments, offering candid, well-informed insights that address emerging issues, potential conflicts, and real-board situations. Readers will learn how to be more effective, more informed, and more diligent directors committed to the shareholders' best interests—even if that mindset challenges the interests of current management.

This book shows new directors on any board how the current systems of financial reporting, regulatory compliance, and crisis management work, serving as a playbook that can help them serve the corporate good while protecting themselves—and do the right thing for shareholders, employees, customers, and communities they serve. The authors apply their extensive experience at the top of various corporations and nonprofit organizations to identify the behind-the-scenes, boardroom-culture issues that can trip up any director and demonstrate the critical importance of committing to the right governance, due diligence, and independent oversight.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440842528
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 06/13/2016
Series: Non-Series
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,110,287
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

John T. Montford is president and chief executive officer of JTM Consulting, LLC, the state and federal government relations advisory firm he founded in 2010, and chancellor emeritus of the Texas Tech University System.

Joseph Daniel McCool is principal of The McCool Group, a global advisory firm that helps companies, universities, and not-for-profit organizations get better results from executive search, management succession, and the board nominating process.

Table of Contents

Foreword Herb Kelleher ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction xiii

1 How to Get Appointed to a Board When You're Not a Household Name: Bring Something the Board Wants but Doesn't Have 1

2 Putting Shareholders First… Not Last: The Case for Dividends and the Role of Independent Directors 19

3 The Hide and Seek Game of Corporate Finance: Understanding Balance Sheets and Corporate Economics 37

4 When Bad Things Happen to Good Boards: Protecting Shareholders and Your Reputation 45

5 Meeting Your Fiduciary Responsibility: Your Personal Declaration of Independence 57

6 The GEO as Board Chair: How Aligning or Separating These Roles Frames the Game 65

7 Getting CEO Search and Succession Right the First Time: Don't Fumble the Handoff 73

8 The Audit Committee: The Board's "Fire Department" 85

9 The Fantasyland of Executive Compensation: Directors Ought to Know How Much Is Too Much 107

10 Cybersecurity Is Every Director's Business: Why Cyberattacks Are Existential Threats 117

11 The Leadership That Boards Need Now: The Most Critical Dynamics on Today's Boards Are Human Ones 133

Appendix I Navigating the Morass of Corporate Jargon: Don't Choke on Alphabet Soup (A Glossary) 145

Appendix II Sample Balance Sheet 157

Appendix III Board and Committee Self-Evaluation Form 159

Notes 171

Index 181

About the Authors 187

What People are Saying About This

Marcia Ballinger

"McCool and Montford have distilled years of experience with high-level boards into this book—a how-to manual of the highest order. It provides the type of information board members need to make an impact and feel confident in the process. Slip this book into your briefcase before your next board meeting!"

Roger Kenny

“John knows where boards have been and especially how their Audit Committees manage risk. Joe knows where boards must go and he brings equal depth and insight about the board’s Nominating function. Together, Montford and McCool pack a powerful statement on the independence of board directors—and how you can make a real impact on effective governance—in the pages of this book.”

Thomas W. Gilligan

“I enjoyed reading Board Games a great deal. It is full of very topical and detailed information for both novice and experienced board members alike, and it takes on the tough issues, like cyber security and executive compensation, in bold and straightforward ways. Montford and McCool provide some comprehensive and rigorous guidelines and tools for board performance and self-evaluation. This is a how-to book designed to support the can-do posture required of today’s boards. I will keep this book in my library and refer to it often.”

Ed Whitacre

“If you want to be a better, wiser, and more independent board director, this book is your code-breaker and action plan. It’s your move.”

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