18 crucial conversations that count inside and outside the boardroom
by Kathryn Bishop; Gillian Camm
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Pub Date 31 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 31 Oct 2023
An accessible guide to the business of being a board director, through the lens of 18 crucial conversations.
- How do you understand what is really going on in an organisation, so you can exercise the oversight that is required from you?
- How do you overcome the information asymmetry problem, where the executive directors know more about the operation than you do?
- How will you collaborate as a board to set the right strategic direction in a context that changes constantly?
- How will you see the organisation through the eyes of your advisors, your employees and your key stakeholders?
- How can you manage the risks you know about as well as the ones you don’t?
Your best tool for all of this is conversation – about the right topics, with the right people, at the right time. This book shows you what these conversations need to cover and how to make them count. Whether you are a new director of a PLC, a long-standing Trustee of a charity, or a governor of an educational institution, this book will help you and your colleagues become the board your organisation needs.
This is the book which I wish I had read at the start of my NED career - however, even after some years in the role, it has given me a huge amount of valuable advice and guidance, which I will definitely make use of in my current positions. Board Talk is a highly readable book, which provides an engaging and relevant approach to the way Board members can be most effective in their role and bring real value to their Boards. In many Board meetings, there is often a limited time for each NED to make a contribution; the advice in this book will help to ensure that all interactions, both in and out of formal meetings, can be as meaningful and relevant as possible. I thoroughly recommend it, whether you are a new or experienced Board member. Mary Champion, Portfolio Non-Executive Director and Board member
A wise, accessible and energising book and an invaluable handbook for Board chairs and members at all levels, and those aspiring to Board roles. Dame Shan Morgan, NHS Foundation Trust Chair