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The Board Book: An Insider's Guide for Directors and Trustees

William G. Bowen



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WW Norton & Co
17 April 2008
Management & management techniques; Boards & directors: role & responsibilities
A must-have for first-time and experienced board members alike, who will benefit from William G. Bowen's decades of experience.

Former Mellon Foundation and Princeton University president William G. Bowen has served on the boards of some of the United States's biggest corporations and nonprofits, including American Express, Merck, the Smithsonian, and TIAA-CREF. In The Board Book he brings his immense experience, along with the recollections and insights of numerous colleagues, to bear on the most pressing questions facing boards of directors and trustees today. His topics include the hot-button issues of the relationship between CEOs and board members, perks, executive compensation, and CEO transitions. In addition, Bowen offers advice on the machinery required to run a board effectively, including the uses of committees and executive sessions, the handling of leaks, and the recruitment of new board members. Throughout, Bowen relates, with anecdotes and hard data, strategies that result in the collegiality and sense of purpose that make any board more effective.
By:   William G. Bowen
Imprint:   WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 244mm,  Width: 168mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   484g
ISBN:   9780393066456
ISBN 10:   0393066452
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   17 April 2008
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

William G. Bowen (1933-2016) was an influential educator and the author of more than twenty books, including Lessons Learned: Reflections of a University President, The Shape of the River, and Equity and Excellence in American Higher Education.

Reviews for The Board Book: An Insider's Guide for Directors and Trustees

Some years ago Rohl deservedly won the Wolfson History Prize for his fine book, The Kaiser and his Court. His new book, Young Wilhelm, is even better. Basing his work on the most extensive research in all manner of archives and presenting much new and revealing material, Rohl has produced a masterly account, not only of an extraordinary young man but of an entire, fascinating epoch. Despite the depth of his research, and the vast amount of papers he has studied - among them the correspondence of the prince's mother, the Crown Princess Frederick, who exchanged no fewer than 10,000 letters with her mother, Queen Victoria - Rohl's lively narrative never flags. Convincing portraits emerge not only of members of Prince Wilhelm's remarkable family, most notably of his liberal parents whose educational experiment ended so disastrously, but also of the members of the kaiser's court and entourage, dominated by the intimidating figure of Otto von Bismarck. And at the centre of the narrative stands Wilhelm himself, the arrogant, selfish and devious prince, always conscious of his withered arm, whose tutor warned his parents of the need to overcome his 'crystal-hard egotism' and whose malign influence on the course of European history was foreshadowed by his behaviour when, as a four-year-old boy at the wedding of his Uncle Bertie, the future King Edward VII, he tried to throw the cairngorm from the head of his dirk across the choir and, when two of his English uncles endeavoured to restrain him, bit them both hard on the legs. Review by CHRISTOPHER HIBBERT (Kirkus UK)

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