Geoffrey Kiel, Gavin Nicholson, Jennifer Ann Tunny, James Beck
1 Sep 2012
Directors at Work: A Practical Guide for Boards is designed to be a practical tool for directors and boards wishing to implement leading practice corporate governance in their organisations. The book discusses contemporary issues in corporate governance, ways in which boards, directors and their advisers can be effective, and ways to improve their governance processes and procedures. The book also discusses board behavioural dynamics, which deals with the types of behaviours that either support or destroy good governance. It provides practical advice on how to: Ensure your governance activities meet Australian law; Select new directors and form a board; Define the key roles within governance; Identify and operationalise the key functions a board must undertake; Implement effective governance processes such as setting board agendas and taking minutes; Assist individual directors and boards continually develop while providing reasonable protection for directors as they go about their duties; and recognise the behavioural dynamics that impede effective governance processes and decision making. The Corporate Governance Practice Framework is the centrepiece of the book. The recommendations contained in the book are practical and specific, and based on extensive research, discussions with hundreds of Australian directors, the authors' experiences as directors and lessons learned in the field as some of Australia's most experienced governance consultants.