Directors at Work: A Practical Guide for Boards

Author: Geoffrey Kiel
ISBN: 9780864607805
Publisher: Thomson Reuters
Publish Date: 17/09/2012


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Directors at Work: A Practical Guide for Boards is a practical tool for directors and boards looking to implement leading practice corporate governance in their organisations. This 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. Directors at Work also discusses board behavioural dynamics, which deals with the types of behaviours that either support or destroy good governance, an area that is at the heart of effective decision making by any board.

The centerpiece of Directors at Work is The Corporate Governance Practice Framework. A complete down-to-earth approach to ensure your board is meeting all of its governance responsibilities, while recognising that there is no “one-size-fits-all”. It is a framework adopted by a large number of organisations as the basis for their governance documentation.

Directors at Work: A Practical Guide for Boards provides practical advice on how to:

  • Ensure your governance activities meet Australian law
  • Form a board of directors
  • 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
  • Recognise the behavioural dynamics that impede effective governance processes and decision making.

The book is suitable for all types of organisations with a governing body (ie a board, council, committee, senate, etc), including: private companies; not-for-profit organisations; and other entities not governed by the Corporations Act 2001.

If you are looking for a practical handbook for directors and will only buy one book on being a director this year, then Directors at Work: A Practical Guide for Boards is the book for you!


The topics covered in the book include:

  • The changing nature of corporate governance;
  • The regulatory framework of corporate governance;
  • Defining governance roles;
  • Key board functions;
  • Improving board processes;
  • Board effectiveness;
  • Board behavioural dynamics;
  • Preparing your Corporate Governance Charter; and
  • Future directions in corporate governance.