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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (Dec 30 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078798180X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0787981808
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 2.7 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #369,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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We're nearing the end of an era. The age of the imperial CEO and the ornamental board of directors is waning, but what comes next isn't clear. Every board of directors is approaching a fork in the road, forging new working relationships at the top of the corporation. The path each company takes will have huge implications for its shareholders, employees, and corporate leaders.

Building Better Boards is a practical and provocative blueprint for helping CEOs and boards create real value by striking the right balance between contention and collaboration. It's an approach to corporate governance that goes far beyond minimum compliance with legal requirements; this is about enabling the board, for the first time, to perform as a team in a way that significantly improves the quality of management's decisions without interfering with management's prerogatives.

In an engaging style, Building Better Boards provides a unique glimpse at the complex interplay of egos, interests, and interpersonal dynamics that dictates how boards and CEOs operate. Based on Mercer Delta Consulting's unparalleled experience in working with top corporate leaders, supplemented by rigorous research conducted with the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business and with the National Association of Corporate Directors, the book is a unique and invaluable resource for all those involved with and concerned about the future of corporate governance.

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Praise for Building Better Boards

"Building Better Boards bridges the gap between talk and action. A must-read for board members, CEOs, governance experts – really for anyone who cares about the future of the corporation."
–Anne M. Mulcahy, chairman and CEO, Xerox Corporation

"Building Better Boards covers all the key issues facing boards in the post–Sarbanes-Oxley era. It provides practical advice based on the authors' wide-ranging experience with major companies that have built successful boards."
–Marty Lipton, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

"This important new book uses concepts gleaned from the collective wisdom of our Blue Ribbon Commission on Board Leadership and adds practical, real-world board examples. The section on crisis management is particularly helpful."
–Roger W. Raber, president and CEO, National Association of Corporate Directors

"This book provides a comprehensive review and effective guide to making any board an effective team, and thus an asset, for their company."
–Richard H. Koppes of Counsel, Jones Day, and former general counsel, CalPERS

"A balanced, insightful, thoughtful, and, above all, useful look at what can be done to create excellent boards."
–Edward E. Lawler III, director, Center for Effective Organizations, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California

"Improving board effectiveness is easier said than done. Building Better Boards lays out the how-tos in a clear and compelling way that is of practical value for directors and CEOs alike."
–Kenneth W. Freeman, former chairman and CEO, Quest Diagnostics Inc.


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This book draws out interesting views on what is required to have a productive board. From leadership to director input, you do get a blueprint to work with.
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Useful guide to turning a corporate board into a force for effective governance. Dec 16 2008
By Rolf Dobelli - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Consultants David A. Nadler, Beverly A. Behan and Mark B. Nadler are experts on how boards of directors work. In fact, they may be boosting their consulting business just a bit by noting their expertise a few times but they offer solid concepts. They emphasize key ideas, such as the need to choose board members who speak their minds and have the stomach to change a corporation's culture. They warn that members of most boards don't work well together. Worse still, people who don't know anything about a company's industry can still end up on its board. The authors delve into considerable detail, which getAbstract believes is a big plus for board members who seek specific information, such as how to conduct a CEO review or manage a crisis, but which may leave general readers not only outside the boardroom, but glad to be in the lobby drinking coffee.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Must-Read for Today's Business Executive and Shareholders Alike Jan. 31 2006
By IggyBo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
With the increased scrutiny on company accounting practices, executive compensation, and the Board's role in setting strategy, this book on corporate governance is an extremely timely and important one. The authors thoughtfully detail the issues Boards face, how best to work with CEOs and plan for their successor, and develop strategies for effective leadership. There's even a section on Boards for companies outside the U.S., which I found extremely valuable.

For anyone interested in how Boards work and the steps they need to take going forward (and I think any shareholder should be), this is essential reading. Highly recommended.
Serious book Sept. 4 2013
By Cape Princess - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is a serious book about how to make boards more effective. It has useful advice but feels as if it was written by HR people instead of by board members. Assessment, assessment and more assessment. It's difficult to imagine how the real work of boards gets done in between the assessing and performance reviewing.
Well Writte Aug. 1 2013
By JDM - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I thought the author did a very nice job outlining some of the do's and don'ts before, during and after board meetings.
Five Stars Sept. 2 2014
By Susan Zidlicky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The book was in very good shape as the description indicated. Very pleased.


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