Boardroom Insider

Boardroom Insider



The world’s corporate boardrooms feature lots of outside, independent directors who give their amateur advice to the full-time professional execs who actually run operations.  Yet an article in the November issue of online governance monthly Boardroom INSIDER notes that this uninformed kibitzing can actually prove a valuable strategic asset.

Unlike most amateur advice given to professionals, BI publisher and boardroom speaker Ralph Ward notes that directors bring “experience, connections, and real-world savvy” to their company insights.  They combine solid business vitae with a fresh outlook that delivers ideas “both informed and out of the box.”

Examples Ward cites include a board info security presentation on hacking that shows one division with far fewer intrusion attempts.  An outside board response might be “that hackers targeting that unit find it easiest to cover their tracks.”  Further, a  black, female director on your board is the ideal observer to “inform all those white guys named George who make up the rest of the board just how effective their diversity efforts really are.”

Other articles in the November issue include:

Ralph Ward’s latest book, Board Seeker: Your Guidebook and Career Map into the Corporate Boardroom (Business Expert Press) gathers 20 years’ experience in board counseling and research to give “board wannabes” the steps and insights needed to craft a successful board search campaign.
— Here’s why you have more “board experience” than you think (and why your current resume hides it).
— How women can jump the career obstacles they face into the boardroom.
— Finding your board search mentors and networks.
— How board searches really work (and how to turn flaws in the process to your advantage).
— Gaining the attention of board contacts and search firms.
— Prepping for a board interview… and for your first board meeting.

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