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Why some company boards excel (while others stink)

The Money Show's Bruce Whitfield interviewed Ian Mann, MD at Gateways Business Consultants, for his weekly business book review.

Mann reviewed a new book – “Boards That Excel: Candid Insights and Practical Advice for Directors” – by Joseph White.

Description on Amazon:

With its vivid stories and conversational tone, Boards That Excel is like sitting down with an astute and experienced friend - one who's passionate about what corporate and non-profit boards can do when they set high aspirations, are clear on purpose and do the right things in the right way.

Author B. Joseph White offers a road-map for governance success based on his experience as a director of one of America's largest private companies and chair of the governance committee of a high-performing S&P 500 company.

White also distils the vast body of governance research into the handful of insights directors really need to know.

He brings readers candid interviews with exceptional board chairs, CEOs and directors who spell out what it takes for boards and directors to excel.

Scroll down for quotes from the audio below.

Iconic companies all have excellent boards.

Ian Mann

The author sat on boards of very large companies.

Ian Mann

Not a lot of people think board work is work.

Ian Mann

Boards must ensure loyalty to the mission of the organisation.

Ian Mann

Boards must ensure that the company lasts forever.

Ian Mann

The board must remember - noses in, fingers out!

Ian Mann

The language of business is finance. Learn it.

Ian Mann

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