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Owning Up: The 14 Questions Every Board Member Needs to Ask

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"This book is a most important contribution for both new and experienced directors, addressing contemporary corporate governance. The 14 practical questions represent the most vital issues that boards need to proactively address and are particularly crucial now as boards deal with the aftermath of the global financial tsunami."
--Thomas J. Neff, chairman, U.S., Spencer Stu
Hardcover, 199 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Jossey-Bass (first published January 1st 2009)
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Aug 02, 2011 rated it liked it
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I'm not really in the target market for this book -- members of corporate boards or those who report to and work with them. However, I am on a local governmental board, and while many of the recommendations were not relevant, there were also many recommendations that could be used in an elected public board. I found the section on recognizing and dealing with board micromanagement to be very pertinent. Also sections on owning strategy and gathering information to provide oversight were useful. I ...more
Tommy Kiedis
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Harvard Ph.D. with a focus on Boards of directors + decades of experience learning, practicing and teaching others + engaging prose + keen insights and practical tools = Owning Up: The 14 Questions Every Board Member Needs To Ask..

Ram Charan wants us to know that board governance means board leadership. Boards bring a vast wealth of insight, wisdom, and business savvy; they must exercise it.

Reading Ram Charan is like having the world-class business adviser and teacher over for a cup of coffee.
Ron Mackey
Feb 22, 2020 rated it liked it
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Clearly targets a for profit board audience. There are nuggets relevant for not for profit, but not enough for me to stick with it.
Harish B
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ram Charan is a master of insights. Absolutely good read especially now since we are witnessing increased focus on corporate governance.
Aug 02, 2010 rated it liked it
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"Owning Up" identifies 14 questions every board member should ask/evaluate regularly. The author identified the right questions to ask, but I was disappointed in the quality of content supporting the discussion of each question. I often felt the author was restating the obvious and the supporting examples he provided were too general. For example the author would cite an example stating that a "leading pharmaceutical company" adopted this approach and it worked. My best guess is that he did not ...more
Feb 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Primary action guide for corporate directors

Corporate directors have their hands full. They must help their companies prosper, keep their shareholders happy, establish sensible CEO performance standards, and evaluate strategy and risk in a volatile business climate. How can board members keep all those balls in the air? These dilemmas have no easy answers, but Ram Charan, best-selling business author and leading expert on corporate governance, provides excellent suggestions for this formidable b
Alberto Lopez
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Another great book from Mr. Charan. With his extensive board experience, he created this must-have book for any director seeking the highest in board performance.
Theodore Kinni
Jan 18, 2016 rated it liked it
If you work with or on boards, this is mandatory reading.
Marco Bayeux
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Very interesting book to complement my understanding the ideal profile of Board Members we use to hire for companies in the Brazilian market.
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Good perspective of what corporate governance should be considering - things that can make it add value
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