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November 19, 2008, 4:07 PM
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Ram Charan —I think he must publish nearly three to five books a year, not to mention his rigorous speaking schedule, etc—has another gem coming our way. Owning Up: The 13 Questions Every Board Member Needs to Ask is due to be published by Jossey-Bass, an imprint of John Wiley & Sons, in March 2009. At an estimated 200 pages, I’d imagine it’ll be a quick read—like many of Charan’s books—but there should also be some solid, concise takeaways within those pages.


With the current economic environment, many people are looking toward their companies’ boards, relying on proper corporate governance. Charan feels that boards can avoid (or at least better prepare for) situations that occurred due to the subprime mortgage crisis, and some boards are already right on track with what needs to be done for their companies.  From the publisher’s catalog: “Leadership guru Charan describes the best emerging practices for boards—with real examples of how some of the best in the business solve today’s thorniest boardroom problems … ”


Aside from being timely, this is a book that everyone in the company—from mid-level manager to board member—should read, to keep the corporate governance healthy and effective.


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