The Ontarget Board Member

a book review

sub-title8 Indisputable Behaviors
authorby Michael Conduff, Carol Gabanna, Catherine Raso
date reviewed2016.05.08
genreBusiness (Management)

This book sets out to explain the necessary behaviors of a board member through a fictional account of someone joining a board with a set of problems and a certain way of dealing with things. Unfortunately, in the telling it falls into the problem of things being already too pat and unrealistically smooth once the newbie learns the ropes. I found this so distracting that I couldn't really absorb the lessons. It didn't help that the two non-profit boards I was on at the time were a) largely dysfunctional and b) doing hands-on work but not governing. I found it impossible to connect my experience and the severe challenges those boards faced with what the book was attempting to convey.

At the time I was involved in an organization with many senior parties with a lot to teach about governance and a lot to share about their experience. They directed me to other sources - primary article-sized pieces on the Internet. As an example there is a series of articles titles "20 Questions Directors Should Ask..."

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My job has convinced me that life is a stale joke with no punch line.

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