Creating Excellence in the Boardroom

A Guide to Shaping Directorial Competence and Board Effectiveness

Colin Coulson-Thomas

Publisher: McGraw-Hill, 1993, 315 pages

ISBN: 0-07-707796-2

Keywords: Board of Directors

Last modified: March 30, 2009, 12:01 a.m.
  • Are you satisfied with the performance and composition of your company's board?
  • Does it provide your organization with a sense of will, purpose and drive?
  • Are your directors 'turn' competent? Can they turn rhetoric into reality, aspiration into achievement?
  • Is yours one of many organizations that are reassessing their corporate governance?

This unique book will enable you and your organization to address these issues and get the most from your board.

Based on Colin Coulson-Thomas' practical experience and on an extensive programme of surveys undertaken for the Institute of Directors (IOD), the Institute of Management (IM), the Institute of Personnel Management (IPM), business schools and government organizations, Creating Excellence in the Boardroom offers the advice, strategies and checklists urgently required by all forward-thinking companies.

It covers

  • the challenges facing business and boards; and how your board can meet them
  • the distinction between direction and management; what qualities your directors should have
  • the development of the board team; and how to evaluate their performance

An organization's board is essential to its survival and expansion. This book will ensure your board is set and maintains a new standard — a standard of excellence.

  1. Introduction
  2. Challenges Facing Business and Boards
  3. Role and Function of the Board
  4. Distinction Between Direction and Management
  5. Tyep, Size and Composition of Boards
  6. The Competent Director
  7. The Effective Board
  8. Selection and Appointment of Directors
  9. Developing Directors
  10. Building the Boardroom Team
  11. Evaluating Performance
  12. The Next Steps
  13. Appendix 1: Forming an Overview
  14. Appendix 2: Source Surveys


Creating Excellence in the Boardroom

Reviewed by Roland Buresund

Outstanding ********* (9 out of 10)

Last modified: March 30, 2009, midnight

One of the best books on board-room work I've ever read. Should be mandatory reading.


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