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6 Overall

7 Applicability

6 Innovation

5 Style


Consultants David A. Nadler, Beverly A. Behan and Mark B. Nadler are experts on how boards of directors work. In fact, they may be boosting their consulting business just a bit by noting their expertise a few times but they offer solid concepts. They emphasize key ideas, such as the need to choose board members who speak their minds and have the stomach to change a corporation’s culture. They warn that members of most boards don’t work well together. Worse still, people who don’t know anything about a company’s industry can still end up on its board. The authors delve into considerable detail, which getAbstract believes is a big plus for board members who seek specific information, such as how to conduct a CEO review or manage a crisis, but which may leave general readers not only outside the boardroom, but glad to be in the lobby drinking coffee.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How corporate boards create value for shareholders;
  • How to convert a corporate board into a cohesive team; and
  • How to change a board’s culture and instill leadership.

About the Authors

David A. Nadler is chairman of Mercer Delta Consulting, and the author of Champions of Change, Executive Teams, Competing by Design and Organizational Architecture. Beverly A. Behan and Mark B. Nadler are partners in Mercer Delta Consulting.



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