Chairing the Board: A Practical Guide to Activities & Responsibilities

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Kogan Page Publishers, 2005 - Business & Economics - 224 pages

Chairing a board competently is a proactive undertaking, and the range of activities and responsibilities that a chairman must perform is huge. There are many issues to be considered and skills to be mastered.

Drawing on contributions from chairmen from both the commercial and non-commercial sectors, this book covers every possible topic including: the board's proper role, focusing on strategic issues, monitoring the enterprise, shareholders and stakeholders, board composition, managing the board's business, managing board relationships, and assessing and improving effectiveness. Fully revised and updated, this new edition is required reading for anyone chairing a board who wants to examine the range of their activities, and achieve improved levels of competence in the role.

 

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Contents

The boards proper role
5
Focusing on strategic issues
27
Monitoring the enterprise
47
Handling successes and failures
58
Shareholders stakeholders and other concerns
64
Compliance and ethics
72
Communications and relationship management
79
Board composition
87
Boardroom behaviour
134
Chapter checklist
140
Working with the chief executive or managing director
154
Working with the nonexecutive directors
162
Assessing and improving effectiveness
169
of board effectiveness
175
Developing individual directors and the board
183
Corporate governance issues and the Combined
200

Getting the balance right
97
Choosing directors
104
Planning and managing changes
111
Conducting board meetings
128

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John Harper is an accomplished company director, having sat on the boards of some 30 companies in the roles of chairman, chief executive, executive director, and non-executive director. He is also an experienced course tutor at the Institute of Directors (IoD), where he leads courses on the roles of chairman, non-executive director, company director and on good board practice. He has helped hundreds of company chairmen and directors develop their roles and responsibilities.

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