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The Perfect Corporate Board A Handbook For Mastering The Unique Challenges Of Small Cap Companies

Author : Adam Epstein
ISBN : 9780071799553
Genre : Business & Economics
File Size : 25. 88 MB
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The first corporate governance book of its kind—written specifically for board members of smaller companies The Perfect Corporate Board covers the critical issues board members of smaller companies routinely face, helping them make better decisions for organizational success. It provides objective, practical advice on such critical issues as analyzing prospective financing, equity research, stock buy-backs, short selling, investment banking, and purchasing legal services. Adam Epstein is a corporate director and capital markets expert with extensive legal and operating experience. He is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, and speaks and writes regularly in national forums with respect to corporate governance.

The Handbook Of Board Governance

Author : Richard Leblanc
ISBN : 9781118895504
Genre : Business & Economics
File Size : 82. 17 MB
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Build a more effective board with insight from the forefront of corporate governance The Handbook of Board Governance provides comprehensive, expert-led coverage of all aspects of corporate governance for public, nonprofit, and private boards. Written by collaboration among subject matter experts, this book combines academic rigor and practitioner experience to provide thorough guidance and deep insight. From diversity, effectiveness, and responsibilities, to compensation, succession planning, and financial literacy, the topics are at once broad-ranging and highly relevant to current and aspiring directors. The coverage applies to governance at public companies, private and small or medium companies, state-owned enterprises, family owned organizations, and more, to ensure complete and clear guidance on a diverse range of issues. An all-star contributor list including Ram Charan, Bob Monks, Nell Minow, and Mark Nadler, among others, gives you the insight of thought leaders in the areas relevant to your organization. A well-functioning board is essential to an organization’s achievement. Whether the goal is furthering a mission or dominating a market, the board’s composition, strategy, and practices are a determining factor in the organization’s ultimate success. This guide provides the information essential to building a board that works. Delve into the board’s strategic role in value creation Gain useful insight into compensation, risk, accountability, legal obligations Understand the many competencies required of an effective director Get up to speed on blind spots, trendspotting, and social media in the board room The board is responsible for a vast and varied collection of duties, but the singular mission is to push the organization forward. Poor organization, one-sided composition, inefficient practices, and ineffective oversight detract from that mission, but all can be avoided. The Handbook of Board Governance provides practical guidance and expert insight relevant to board members across the spectrum.

Corporate Concinnity In The Boardroom

Author : Nancy Falls
ISBN : 9781626342026
Genre : Business & Economics
File Size : 86. 84 MB
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If the gears of governance no longer drive growth and profitability in your company, Corporate Concinnity in the Boardroom will serve as the manual to get you back on track. Today’s companies and their boards of directors are operating in increasingly complex and risky environments. As a result, the who and the what of governance work has begun to change to better enable boards to advise, support, and challenge the C-suite. While such changes are necessary and a critical step in the right direction, they are far from sufficient. The way boards and company management work together must evolve as well, not only to navigate the risks of complexity and change, but also to create and take advantage of the opportunities inherent in them. Corporate Concinnity in the Boardroom: 10 Imperatives to Drive High Performing Companies directly addresses the way to foster effective boardroom-C-suite collaboration. It provides a new framework for corporate governance that creates concinnity—an elegant and delicate integration of the perspectives, guidance, and experiences that provide a platform for the powerful progress critical to successful governance teams. True concinnity retains the honesty and raw energy that drive successful boards while eschewing the command and control model of governance that plagues too many boardrooms. Falls’s 10 imperatives bring together the key pieces of wisdom she has gathered during her career. She shines a light on the importance of clarity around roles and responsibilities, flexibility and creative adaptation during problem solving, and harmonious interpersonal dynamics in times of both upheaval and growth. When these pieces are in place, the gears of boardroom concinnity operate so smoothly we barely notice they’re turning. But if the gears of governance no longer drive growth and profitability in your company, Corporate Concinnity in the Boardroom will serve as the manual to get you back on track.

Claiming Your Place At The Boardroom Table The Essential Handbook For Excellence In Governance And Effective Directorship

Author : Thomas Bakewell
ISBN : 9780071833592
Genre : Business & Economics
File Size : 72. 97 MB
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THE QUICK-ANSWER GUIDE TO YOUR CORPORATE GOVERNANCE QUESTIONS Serving on a corporate board isn't what it used to be. In today's complex business landscape, meaningful corporate governance requires solid skills in problem-solving, relationship-building, crisis management, leadership development, management oversight, and much more. Written for both seasoned and first-time directors, Claiming Your Place at the Boardroom Table is a roadmap to becoming a highly knowledgeable and effective board member. Whether you’re dealing with intricate business regulations, powerful personalities, crucial audits, or the many other challenges that come with serving on a board, you’ll find all the information and insights you need in these pages. Written by experts in the field, Claiming Your Place at the Boardroom Table covers: The essential objectives of the corporate board An overview of effective corporate board service Securing an invitation to your first corporate board Positioning to join your next or ideal corporate board Understanding financial issues board members must cover All the critical information you need to know about public company reporting Proven ways to be a leading member of any board you serve on Packed with real-life case studies illustrating the best of the best practices, Claiming Your Place at the Boardroom Table helps you identify and navigate nuances that will make all the difference in becoming an outstanding board member. Fascinating discussions of legal cases, reporting requirements, regulatory matters, reputational risks, and lessons on all the overarching fiduciary duties of directors are included. Being a member of a corporate board can be a remarkably rewarding journey both professionally and personally--if you go in with the right attitude, skills, knowledge, and instincts. Claiming Your Place at the Boardroom Table takes you step by step down this exciting path to make it the most enriching experience it can be. PRAISE FOR CLAIMING YOUR PLACE AT THE BOARDROOM TABLE: "An excellent resource tool for all directors--a book that I know will be a "go-to" book for both new and seasoned board members." -- Margaret M. Foran, Chief Governance Officer, VP & Corporate Secretary, Prudential Financial, Inc.; Director, Occidental Petroleum, Inc.; former Chairman, Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals "A terrific handbook for every executive and director looking to achieve excellence in governance, and a great read." -- Benjamin F. (Tad) Edwards IV, Chairman, CEO and President, Benjamin F. Edwards & Co., Director Cass Information Systems, Inc. "Practical and substantive; directors will find useful and productive. Bakewell is an expert who earned the right to share with influence and impact." -- Nido Qubein, President, High Point University; Chairman, Great Harvest Bread Company; Director, BB&T, La-Z-Boy Corporation, and Dots, LLC "Rarely does a book have insights to offer to such a wide range of people. For first-time directors, experienced directors, up and coming executives, academicians, and investors, it is a must-read." -- James S. Turley, former Chairman and CEO, Ernst & Young; Director, Citigroup, Emerson Electric Company, and Boy Scouts of America; and Trustee, Rice University "Tom Bakewell has been active in the governance community for many years. His wisdom and insights, presented here, are entertaining, informative, and clearly worth the read for both the new and veteran director. Don't miss it!" -- Professor Charles Elson, Director, Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance, University of Delaware; Director, HealthSouth

Zero To One

Author : Peter Thiel
ISBN : 9780804139304
Genre : Business & Economics
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER If you want to build a better future, you must believe in secrets. The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In Zero to One, legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things. Thiel begins with the contrarian premise that we live in an age of technological stagnation, even if we’re too distracted by shiny mobile devices to notice. Information technology has improved rapidly, but there is no reason why progress should be limited to computers or Silicon Valley. Progress can be achieved in any industry or area of business. It comes from the most important skill that every leader must master: learning to think for yourself. Doing what someone else already knows how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But when you do something new, you go from 0 to 1. The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Tomorrow’s champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in today’s marketplace. They will escape competition altogether, because their businesses will be unique. Zero to One presents at once an optimistic view of the future of progress in America and a new way of thinking about innovation: it starts by learning to ask the questions that lead you to find value in unexpected places.

How To Manage Your Board While Your Board Manages You

Author : Martin M. Coyne, II
ISBN : 1439239274
Genre : Business & Economics
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A no-nonsense guide for CEOs and boards of directors seeking strategies for mutually improved and effective relationships, with essential information about the functions and ethos of corporate boards.

The Innovator S Dna

Author : Jeff Dyer
ISBN : 9781422142714
Genre : Business & Economics
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A new classic, cited by leaders and media around the globe as a highly recommended read for anyone interested in innovation. In The Innovator’s DNA, authors Jeffrey Dyer, Hal Gregersen, and bestselling author Clayton Christensen (The Innovator’s Dilemma, The Innovator’s Solution, How Will You Measure Your Life?) build on what we know about disruptive innovation to show how individuals can develop the skills necessary to move progressively from idea to impact. By identifying behaviors of the world’s best innovators—from leaders at Amazon and Apple to those at Google, Skype, and Virgin Group—the authors outline five discovery skills that distinguish innovative entrepreneurs and executives from ordinary managers: Associating, Questioning, Observing, Networking, and Experimenting. Once you master these competencies (the authors provide a self-assessment for rating your own innovator’s DNA), the authors explain how to generate ideas, collaborate to implement them, and build innovation skills throughout the organization to result in a competitive edge. This innovation advantage will translate into a premium in your company’s stock price—an innovation premium—which is possible only by building the code for innovation right into your organization’s people, processes, and guiding philosophies. Practical and provocative, The Innovator’s DNA is an essential resource for individuals and teams who want to strengthen their innovative prowess.

The Art Of Action

Author : Stephen Bungay
ISBN : 9781473644960
Genre : Business & Economics
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What do you want me to do? This question is the enduring management issue, a perennial problem that Stephen Bungay shows has an old solution that is counter-intuitive and yet common sense. The Art of Action is a thought-provoking and fresh look at how managers can turn planning into execution, and execution into results. Drawing on his experience as a consultant, senior manager and a highly respected military historian, Stephen Bungay takes a close look at the nineteenth-century Prussian Army, which built its agility on the initiative of its highly empowered junior officers, to show business leaders how they can build more effective, productive organizations. Based on a theoretical framework which has been tested in practice over 150 years, Bungay shows how the approach known as 'mission command' has been applied in businesses as diverse as pharmaceuticals and F1 racing today. The Art of Action is scholarly but engaging, rigorous but pragmatic, and shows how common sense can sometimes be surprising.

The Innovator S Guide To Growth

Author : Scott D. Anthony
ISBN : 9781591398462
Genre : Business & Economics
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More than a decade ago, Clayton Christensen's breakthrough book The Innovator's Dilemma illustrated how disruptive innovations drive industry transformation and market creation. Christensen's research demonstrated how growth-seeking incumbents must develop the capability to deflect disruptive attacks and seize disruptive opportunities. In The Innovator's Guide to Growth, Scott Anthony, Mark Johnson, Joseph Sinfield, and Elizabeth Altman take the subject to the next level: implementation. The authors explain how to create this crucial capability for unlocking disruption's transformational power. With a foreword by Christensen, this book provides a set of market-proven tools and approaches to innovation that have been honed through fieldwork with innovative companies like Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Pepsi, Intel, Motorola, SAP, and Cisco Systems. The book shows you how to: Follow a market-proven process -- so your company can reliably create blockbuster businesses Create structures, systems, and metrics -- so the disruptive innovations that will power your firm's future growth receive the funding and personnel needed to succeed Create a common language of disruptive innovation -- so managers can reach consensus around counterintuitive courses of action Incisive and practical, this book helps your company take the steps necessary to benefit from disruption -- instead of being eclipsed by it.

Salt Sugar Fat

Author : Michael Moss
ISBN : 9781448133871
Genre : Business & Economics
File Size : 74. 97 MB
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The No.1 New York Times Bestseller In China, for the first time, the people who weigh too much now outnumber those who weigh too little. In Mexico, the obesity rate has tripled in the past three decades. In the UK over 60 per cent of adults and 30 per cent of children are overweight, while the United States remains the most obese country in the world. We are hooked on salt, sugar and fat. These three simple ingredients are used by the major food companies to achieve the greatest allure for the lowest possible cost. Here, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Michael Moss exposes the practices of some of the most recognisable (and profitable) companies and brands of the last half century. He takes us inside the labs where food scientists use cutting-edge technology to calculate the ‘bliss point’ of sugary drinks. He unearths marketing campaigns designed – in a technique adapted from the tobacco industry – to redirect concerns about the health risks of their products, and reveals how the makers of processed foods have chosen, time and again, to increase consumption and profits, while gambling with our health. Are you ready for the truth about what’s in your shopping basket?

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