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

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


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780787986100
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 09/29/2006
Series: J-B US non-Franchise Leadership Series , #14
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 541,809
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About 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

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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.



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What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"Finally! A book about boards that isn’t boring!"
Patrick Lencioni, author, The Five Dysfunctions ofa 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 boardroomexcellence. The Imperfect Board Member ought to be requiredreading for people on every type of board. The great thing is thatit 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 inMotion; chair, Centre for International Governance Innovation

"I know no board members, myself included, who won't learnvaluable lessons from Jim Brown’s book The Imperfect BoardMember. Don't miss it!"
Ken Blanchard, coauthor, The One-MinuteManager® and The Secret

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

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

"Jim Brown has delivered a business fable that is as provocativeas it is unconventional. Do you know the Secret Formula forOrganizational Effectiveness? Are you making the wrong sacrifice? Does the board lead with its nose or its fingers? The ImperfectBoard Member presents these concepts in a manner that is bothilluminating and engaging."
Scott Green, author, Sarbanes-Oxley and the Boardof Directors

"For too long, regulators and critics have presumed thattinkering with metrics like board size and director independence isthe key to governance excellence. But it’s not enough. Goodgovernance is the product of skillful board members working welltogether with a solid grasp on the corporate strategy. In TheImperfect Board Member, Jim Brown captures this realityartfully. Read this book and discover for yourself the disciplinesof governance excellence."
Richard Leblanc, coauthor, Inside theBoardroom

"It’s hard to overestimate the difference between anexcellent board, a mediocre board, and a failing and complacentboard. But all three have this in common: each of their boardmembers is imperfect. What makes the difference? A clear vision ofwhat a board is for, and how a good board functions. JimBrown’s new book is the best resource I know of to conveythat vision. What The Five Dysfunctions of a Team does forstaff members this book can do for boards—from charitableorganizations to local churches to educational institutions toprofessional associations."
Brian McLaren, author, A New Kind of Christianand A Generous Orthodoxy

"Being a good board member is often hard, unrewarding work. Howtimely that Jim Brown, a real student of the director’s role,is sharing his best thinking. And how refreshing that he hasembedded his wisdom in a compelling and entertaining story.You’ll enjoy and profit from The Imperfect BoardMember."
John Beckett, author, Loving Monday, chairman,R.W. Beckett

"The Imperfect Board Member is packed with learning forboard members and those who aspire to be board members."
Purdy Crawford, counsel, Osler, Hoskin &Harcourt, LLP

"I’ve consulted with, served on, and even chaired boardsin the profit and not-for-profit sectors for over twenty-fiveyears. Most boards are well-intended, but confused at best, abouttheir roles and responsibilities. I’m delighted to recommendThe Imperfect Board Member to help board members and leadersto be confidently on-purpose."
Kevin W. McCarthy, author, The On-PurposePerson and The On-Purpose Business

"An engaging story that works for family relations as well asboard relations! Jim Brown’s clear and concise ideas put‘hands and feet’ to solid governance principles. Notonly will boards work better but so will staff. This book is fullof applied wisdom."
John Pellowe, CEO, Canadian Council of ChristianCharities

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