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Is Your Board of Directors Obsolete?


5 comments
  1. BoardGuru

    June 25, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT SKILL you can sharpen as a board
    member in today’s world is the ability to ask questions. I wrote, The
    Art of Constructive Challenge, to be a comprehensive, easy-to-follow guide to powerful
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    • Rickandrade

      June 26, 2012 at 7:29 pm

      We need to promote your book more, don;t you think, BoardGuru?
      Rick

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    • Rickandrade

      June 26, 2012 at 7:29 pm

      We need to promote your book more, don;t you think, BoardGuru?
      Rick

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  2. Davidhblair

    August 12, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Boards of Directors have always been largely irrelevant because of the way Directors are generally chosen and appointed. Executive Directors are generally appointed by the Chairman and CEO and will be non threatening to the aspirations of the CEO. Non Executive Directors tend to be grace and favor appointees and are actively encouraged not to become involved.
    Most CEOs/Chairmen act as though they are the owners of the Company and generally stay to long and focus on their personal rewards and advancement.
    I realize that this view may bring howls of dissent but in my experience of serving upon and chairing boards of large companies over the past 25 years together with dealings I have had with Directors worldwide throughout that period, I am afraid it is generally true!

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  3. Davidhblair

    August 12, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Boards of Directors have always been largely irrelevant because of the way Directors are generally chosen and appointed. Executive Directors are generally appointed by the Chairman and CEO and will be non threatening to the aspirations of the CEO. Non Executive Directors tend to be grace and favor appointees and are actively encouraged not to become involved.
    Most CEOs/Chairmen act as though they are the owners of the Company and generally stay to long and focus on their personal rewards and advancement.
    I realize that this view may bring howls of dissent but in my experience of serving upon and chairing boards of large companies over the past 25 years together with dealings I have had with Directors worldwide throughout that period, I am afraid it is generally true!

    Reply

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