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The Director's Manual

Peter C. Browning


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Directors: Improve Board Performance

The Director's Manual: A Framework for Board Governance offers current and aspiring board members essential up-to-date governance guidance that blends rigorous research-based information with the wisdom found only through practical, direct experience. The book's flexible approach to solving governance issues reflects the authors' belief that no two boards and the cultural dynamics that drive them are the same. As such, the advice offered reflects recognizable leadership dynamics and real world, relevant organizational situations.

The book's two authors, Peter C. Browning, an experienced CEO and member of numerous boards and William L. Sparks, a respected organizational researcher, combine their individual experiences and talents to create a book that is both innovative and applicable to directors in any industry sector. Specific best practice guidance is designed to help board members and their directors understand the unique strengths and challenges of their own board while at the same time provide targeted information that drives needed improvements in board performance and efficiency. Specifically, this book will help board members:

  • Explore practical advice on key issues, including selection, meeting schedules, and director succession
  • Consider board performance from multiple perspectives, including cultural and group dynamics
  • Discover how to effectively manage classic problems that arise when making decisions as a group
  • Access a comprehensive set of assessment questions to test and reinforce your knowledge

The Director's Manual: A Framework for Board Governance offers practical advice to guide you as you lead your organization's board.

Wiley, 9781119133360, 208pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2016

About the Author

PETER C. BROWNING, with experience on the boards of 13 public companies, two as CEO, is founder and managing director of Peter Browning Partners, LLC, a board advisory service that helps directors answer tough questions in the areas of board governance, board performance and dynamics, and leadership transition and succession planning. WILLIAM L. SPARKS, PhD, is vice president of Talent with EnPro Industries and a managing partner with Peter Browning Partners, LLC. Concurrently he serves as the Dennis Thompson Chair of Leadership at the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte.