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Synopses & Reviews
Unleash one of your company's greatest competitive weapons.
"Ram Charan is a wise counselor and keen observer on the front lines of the American board revolution. Boards At Work is a rare blAnd of candid stories of casualties, of victories, and of sound ideas for change illustrated with real-world examples of how to adopt them."
—William Adams, director, Bell Atlantic and other boards
Unleash one of your company's greatest competitive weapons. In this timely new work, ace consultant Ram Charan takes an eye-opening look at how many boards are transcAnding tradition by becoming dynamic partners in corporate governance. He also shows CEOs how they can go about tapping the vast storehouse of experience and wisdom a board's membership represents. Filled with specific instructions and strategies, Fortune 500 examples, and real-time tools for initiating board transformations, Boards At Work takes readers to the front lines of the American board revolution.
Book News Annotation:
Charan, a consultant to clients such as GE, Bell Atlantic, and Citicorp, presents best practices for tapping the wealth of intellect, perspective, and insight that resides in most boards. He describes successful and unsuccessful processes used in actual companies, and offers an insider's account of how a small but growing number of exceptional boards are changing the face of corporate governance. Includes survey instruments. For CEOs, board members, human resource professionals, and investors.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Unleash one of your company?s greatest competitive weapons. In this timely new work, ace consultant Ram Charan takes an eye-opening look at how many boards are transcending tradition by becoming dynamic partners in corporate governance. He also shows CEOs how they can go about tapping the vast storehouse of experience and wisdom a board?s membership represents. Filled with specific instructions and strategies, Fortune 500 examples and real-time tools for initiating board transformations, Boards At Work takes readers to the front lines of the American board revolution.
To take full competitive advantage of their resources, companies must learn to utilize the rich knowledge base and perspective of their corporate board members. In this new and unique book, Ram Charan takes a two-fold approach. First, he shows CEOs and high-level executives how to tap into a board's vast storehouse of experience and business wisdom. Secondly, he offers practical procedures and real-life examples for opening up information flows, exchanging ideas candidly, and strategic planning.
This innovative, inside look at the future of corporate governance focuses on board transformation and offers detailed descriptions of specific practices from companies like Conrail, GE, and the Royal Bank Group.
About the Author
RAM CHARAN is a senior consultant to executives, senior teams, and corporate boards on executive performance and development. His client base includes GE, CitiCorp, Allied Signal, and Johnson & Johnson. He was previously with the Harvard Business School. He lives in Dallas, Texas.
Table of Contents
Preface: What You Should Know About Corporate Boards.
Helpers on the Journey.
About Ram Charam.
THE BOARD'S UNTAPPED POTENTIAL.
The Board as Competitive Weapon.
What Good Boards Do.
PUTTING THE BOARD TO WORK.
Getting Structure Out of the Way.
Stacking the Board with Talent.
What the Board Should Know.
Working for and with Shareholders.
CEO Evaluation that Adds Value.
Succession Planning as a Way of Life.
BEGINNING AND CONTINUING CHANGE.
Initiating Change: Easier than You Think.
Continuous Improvement at the Top.
This is the Day to Put Your Board to Work.
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