Chairing the Board: A Practical Guide to Activities & Responsibilities (Effective Directors' Guides)

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* A comprehensive, practical guide to the role and responsibilities of a company chairman from an acknowledged expert

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John Harper Harper is an accomplished company director, having sat on the boards of some 30 companies in the roles of chairman, chief executive, executive director, and non-executive director. He is also an experienced course tutor at the Institute of Directors (IoD), where he leads courses on the roles of chairman, non-executive director, company director and on good board practice. He has helped hundreds of company chairmen and directors develop their roles and responsibilities.

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Notes on contributors vii

Foreword by Miles Templeman, Director General,

Institute of Directors xi

Acknowledgements xiii

Introduction 1

1. The board's proper role 5

The board's purpose 5

Directing, not managing 12

The board's key tasks 18

Governance 20

Decision making 22

Chapter checklist 24

2. Focusing on strategic issues 27

Anticipating the future 27

Corporate culture and values 32

Thinking and acting strategically 35

Agreeing objectives, strategies and plans 39

Chapter checklist 45

3. Monitoring the enterprise 47

Delegating proper authority 47

Seeing the wood through the trees 52

Agreeing performance indicators and controls 54

Handling successes and failures 58

Chapter checklist 62

4. Shareholders, stakeholders and other concerns 64

Considering risk and reputation 64

Compliance and ethics 72

Accountability and responsibility 76

Communications and relationship management 79

Chapter checklist 84

5. Board composition 87

Attributes needed around the board table 87

Getting the balance right 97

Board size and structure 101

Choosing directors 104

Planning and managing changes 111

Chapter checklist 113

6. Managing the board's business 115

Planning board meetings 115

Conducting board meetings 128

Boardroom behaviour 134

Using committees of the board 137

Chapter checklist 140

7. Managing board relationships 143

Credibility, personalities, power and politics 143

Working with the chief executive or managing director 154

Combining the roles of chairman and chief executive/MD 159

Working with the non-executive directors 162

Chapter checklist 167

8. Assessing and improving effectiveness 169

Attributes of the successful chairman 169

Raising standards of board effectiveness 175

Assessing directors' performance 178

Developing individual directors and the board 183

Chapter checklist 187

Appendix 1: Legal duties, liabilities and good practice 188

Appendix 2: Corporate governance issues and the Combined

Code on Corporate Governance familiarization 200

Some publications on Corporate Governance 215

Corporate Governance - useful web links 217

References 218

Index 220

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