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In spite of dozens of recent articles in the popular business press and professional journals and several newer books all detailing the duties and responsibilities of members of boards of directors, the perception of what boards are for or what they do can still be fuzzy. Charan, who has written a number of articles for the Harvard Business Review, helps set the record straight in this compilation of some of the best practices that he has observed as a consultant to corporate executives and boards of directors. Not only does he make clear what the role of the board is, he also emphasizes the potential value of the board as a strategic resource. Charan covers how to find new board members, the kind of information the board needs and receives and the ways in which it is conveyed, shareholder relations, evaluation of CEOs and other oversight functions, and succession planning. His final focus is on the role of the board of directors as a change agent. David Rouse
"In this book, Ram Charan confronts the critical issues faced by the boards of directors of publicly traded companies in a way only he can. His valuable views and opinions come from years of consulting with some of America's best-known and most successful chairmen and CEOs, who also share their direct insights on the most controversial of topics. More than a good book on management, this is a reference to be used over and over again." --Jerome Meyer, chairman and CEO, Tektronix Inc., and director of AMPSee all Product Description