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Boardroom INSIDER for… JANUARY


The “board of directors” model for corporate governance is universal around the world.  However, given frequent boardroom failures and scandals, it resembles Winston Churchill’s comment on democracy – the worst possible form of governance… except for all the alternatives.   

The January issue of online monthly Boardroom INSIDER notes that this global governance gap is baked into the boardroom model we’ve used for hundreds of years – “a rickety relic that assembles a busy, distracted group of part-time amateurs to monitor full-time managers,” in the words of BI publisher and business trainer Ralph Ward

The solution, he writes, is “small fixes that give directors just enough of an edge to make an un-doable job doable.”  Among the “fixes” suggested in BI are – tighter board agendas with less box ticking and more strategic discussion; much improved board information packages, with focused company control dashboards; and smarter use of online tech for meetings and updates.

Articles in the JANUARY issue of BI include:

  • How incumbent directors can give a helping hand to the next generation.
  • Should you kit out all your board members with a dedicated iPad?
  • Q&A: How do you prep for an online board search interview?

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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.