Owning Up The 14 Questions Every Board Member Needs to Ask

ISBN-10: 0470397675
ISBN-13: 9780470397671
Edition: 2009
Authors: Ram Charan, Charan
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/13/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

The subprime mortgage caught many financial service giants unaware, and reached far beyond trading desks all the way to their boardrooms. Indeed, despite their best efforts to govern properly, boards of directors throughout almost an entire industry missed a critical issue, and compounded that problem by not having robust succession planning to stem the crisis. Can boards do better? This books answers with an emphatic, "Yes!" Some boards are already doing all the right things. Leadership guru Charan describes the best emerging practices for boards-with real examples of how some of the best in the business solve today's thorniest boardroom problems.Charan helps readers determine whether their boards are owning up to governance by asking the most vital questions, including: Does our board act with the understanding that shareholders, analysts and the media will look to it (and not just the CEO) if performance is sub-par? Is this board more effective than the competitors'? Are we behaving as if we own the business to make money for the long haul? How do we deal with imminent threats to the business? Do we know who our next CEO will be? Are we paying for the performance we're getting? How do we keep the board evergreen?

Ram Charan has been an advisor to CEOs & senior executives of many Fortune 500 companies including General Electric, DuPont, Citigroup, Ford & Allied Signal. Earlier in his career he was on the faculty at Harvard Business School & Northwestern University.

Foreword
What Boards Need Now
Question 1. Is Our Board Composition Right for the Challenge?
Question 2. Are We Addressing the Risks That Could Send Our Company over the Cliff?
Question 3. Are We Prepared to Do Our Job Well When a Crisis Erupts?
Question 4. Are We Well Prepared to Name Our Next CEO?
Question 5. Does Our Board Really Own the Company's Strategy?
Question 6. How Can We Get the Information We Need to Govern Well?
Question 7. How Can Our Board Get CEO Compensation Right?
Question 8. Why Do We Need a Lead Director Anyway?
Question 9. Is Our Governance Committee Best of Breed?
Question 10. How Do We Get the Most Value out of Our Limited Time?
Question 11. How Can Executive Sessions Help the Board Own Up?
Question 12. How Can Our Board Self-Evaluation Improve Our Functioning and Our Output?
Question 13. How Do We Stop from Micromanaging?
Question 14. How Prepared Are We to Work with Activist Shareholders and Their Proxies?
About the Author
Acknowledgments
Index

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