It's time for a revolution...

Boards of directors are sitting ducks. Shareholders complain and even attack, management manipulates, and individual board members have little power, able to act only as part of the board as a whole. Governance issues are front and center, yet there is often little understanding, even among board members, of the key role that they play.

About the Author

Deborah Hicks Midanek offers useful insight into what board members of corporations actually do, the current standards for board members and why they exist. She includes a timely discussion of how clarity of purpose can improve board and director effectiveness.

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Who is it for?

Written in an accessible and human voice, The Governance Revolution: What Every Board Member Needs to Know Now provides information and context essential to anyone seeking to understand how corporations and their stewards—the board of directors—can and should function in the volatile world we inhabit. Directors, aspiring directors, investors, and students of corporate behavior will benefit from this highly readable description of the cloistered boardroom.

What Readers are saying

“By tracing how corporations and their boards have evolved, Ms. Midanek provides a unique historical perspective on the role of corporations in society going back to the trading companies in the Netherlands and Britain in the 17th century. This well-written history is a valuable read not only for business and law students and teachers but also for today’s officers and directors and their advisors.”

Lewis H. Lazarus

Partner, morris james

“Ms. Midanek’s book has not only helped me as the CEO understand how better to use my board, but it will be required reading for all members of the board and senior management. As the CEO of Gibraltar for 5 years and now of Stonegate, I’ve had some really helpful board members, and some weak ones. The difference seemed to me to lie in their understanding of their role. This book provides useful perspective to help all of them to work better as a group in service to the company.”

Darren Latimer

CEO, Stonegate Capital Holdings

“Moving our corporations toward sustainable business practice requires that boards of directors stand and deliver. This powerful book is a must read for every director and member of senior leadership who wants to make a difference.”

Halla Tommasdottir

CEO, The B Team

Who is it for?

Written in an accessible and human voice, The Governance Revolution: What Every Board Member Needs to Know Now provides information and context essential to anyone seeking to understand how corporations and their stewards—the board of directors—can and should function in the volatile world we inhabit. Directors, aspiring directors, investors, and students of corporate behavior will benefit from this highly readable description of the cloistered boardroom.

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about the author

Deborah Hicks Midanek offers useful insight into what board members of corporations actually do, the current standards for board members and why they exist. She includes a timely discussion of how clarity of purpose can improve board and director effectiveness. Informed by her long experience serving public, private, and family owned corporate boards as well as those of charitable, and government organizations, she provides essential context regarding the evolution of board practice as well as candid discussion of the issues involved in the relentless effort to improve corporate governance processes.