Boards That Deliver: Advancing Corporate Governance From Compliance to Competitive Advantage by Ram Charan
Based on years of hands-on experience and building on the breakthrough ideas of Boards at Work, Charan provides practical, actionable ideas to move boards to a higher level of performance—to make a step-change improvement in the quality of their governance. By detailing the evolution of board dynamics in the post–Sarbanes-Oxley environment and providing insight into new best practices, Ram Charan has developed a comprehensive guide to creating and maintaining a next-generation board.
Leading the Association: Striking the Right Balance Between Staff and Volunteers by James J. Dunlop
Leadership in associations is a responsibility shared between staff and volunteers. The most effective associations are able to maximize the contributions of staff and volunteers by appropriately defining their relationship. This relationship is not a static one, nor is there a perfect formula for splitting the responsibility. There are, however, some important principles that point to an appropriate direction for your association. This study identifies these principles for the first time. It introduces objective measures of staff-driven and volunteer-driven associations, based on careful research. It explores the relationships between staff and volunteer leaders and examines how and why their roles differ from one association to another. Finally, it identifies specific strategies that leaders may employ to shift the base of influence within their association.
Leadership in the Era of Economic Uncertainty: Managing in a Downturn by Ram Charan
In Leadership in the Era of Economic Uncertainty, Ram Charan helps you steer your business through the minefield of contracting markets, cash shortages, and ongoing uncertainty. In this concise and highly accessible guide, the author provides practical actions you can execute immediately to protect cash flow vigilantly, even daily, and use cash more efficiently; use ground intelligence to survive the storm and position your business to thrive in the aftermath; develop a better understanding of your customers; reevaluate your pricing strategy and capital expenditures; and use cost cutting strategically.
Boards That Lead: When to Take Charge, When to Partner, and When to Stay Out of the Way by Ram Charan, Dennis Carey, Michael Useem
Is your firm’s board creating value—or destroying it?
Change is coming. Leadership at the top is being redefined as boards take a more active role in decisions that once belonged solely to the CEO. But for all the advantages of increased board engagement, it can create debilitating questions of authority and dangerous meddling in day-to-day operations. Directors need a new road map—for when to lead, when to partner, and when to stay out of the way.
Boardroom veterans Ram Charan, Dennis Carey, and Michael Useem advocate this new governance model—a sharp departure from what has been demanded by governance activists, raters, and regulators—and reveal the emerging practices that are defining shared leadership of directors and executives. Based on personal interviews and the authors’ broad and deep experience working with executives and directors from dozens of the world’s largest firms, including Apple, Boeing, Ford, Infosys, and Lenovo, Boards That Lead tells the inside story behind the successes and pitfalls of this new leadership model and explains how to:
• Define the central idea of the company
• Ensure that the right CEO is in place and potential successors are identified
• Recruit directors who add value
• Root out board dysfunction
• Select a board leader who deftly bridges the divide between management and the board
• Set a high bar on ethics and risk
With a total of eighteen checklists that will transform board directors from monitors to leaders, Charan, Carey, and Useem provide a smart and practical guide for business people everywhere—whether they occupy the boardroom or the C-suite.
Governance Committee (Boardsource Committee Series, 1.) by Sandra R. Hughes, Berit M. Lakey, Outi Flynn
All things must be properly fed and cared for in order to thrive and succeed…. A nonprofit board is no different. The governance committee ensures the constant health and effectiveness of the full board and the work it performs for the organization. It expands the traditional idea of a nominating committee, clarifying the variety of responsibilities a governance committee truly has. Governance Committee discusses this group’s challenging responsibility in overseeing the performance of the board and managing compliance to the organization’s mission. Discover how this committee can help all boards – new or seasoned – live up to their highest potential, keeping board members energized and engaged in maintaining value and control.