• Board of Directors

  • Responsibilities, Opportunities, and 23 Questions to Ask the CEO
  • By: Deaver Brown
  • Narrated by: Deaver Brown
  • Length: 57 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (57 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

What makes for a successful board of directors, and how is it accomplished? In only 60 minutes of conversation and instruction, learn the answer to this question from the author of The Entrepreneur's Guide, who helped bring American Power Conversion public in 1988, a company that recently sold for $6.1 billion. Few books have been written on this important subject. Few areas of business are as misunderstood as the legal functions of a Board of Directors. Unless a Board voluntarily takes on responsibilities other than to the shareholders, they have no others in most states. Boards do not have responsibilities to management, employees, suppliers, customers, or communities. The most common problem Board's have is getting too close to management, to the disservice of the shareholders. Making a CEO the chairman, too, is fraught with conflict of interest problems. This presentation will help identify the proper roles, and improper roles, for Boards.

Featured Tracks: 1. Introduction; 2. Issues; 3. Stay on Strategy or Sell the Company; 4. Board Members should be judge-like: flexible, open-minded, and not side-takers. 5. Board Meetings: What should be done? 6. The tone: contributors and cheerleaders; not auditors by and large; 7. Imperial CEOs are doomed by a good Board; 8. 23 questions to ask at Board Meetings; 9. How to get on a Board.

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I like it

Interesting book, quiet short but has a few tips which are quite useful, i would rate it a 4 out of 5.

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Good primer. Brief and to the point. Not an extensive review or resource though.

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good review of boards

easy Listing, clear and concise instructions. great primer for someone with basic knowledge of the subject.

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My financial education from owner to CEO

The explanation of how the Board of Directors should work is easy to understand. As a small business owner I've been forming corporations and building a financial team I recommend all of my business partners to understand my goals by reviewing these same audio books by Deaver Brown.

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Great BoD overview

Learned a lot listing to this audio book about the corporate board of directors. Many tangible examples.

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Pithily insightful thoughts for boards

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Provides plenty to think about. Primarily aimed at for-profit board members and wannabes, but much carries over to not-for-profits.

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  • Phil B
  • 12-30-20

A Hidden Gem.

This is an amazing audio book I’ve listened to it multiple times Deaver has a way of looking at things that’s ahead of his time. If you wanting to understand boards. Wanting to know what to talk about. How to make your board better or just wanting to start to get onto on You won’t be disappointed.