Thomas J. Neff, chairman, U.S., Spencer Stuart
"If Corporate America′s board members had answered these questions, the crisis of ′08 would have been avoided. The book is that powerful. It should be required reading in every boardroom, executive suite, and business school on the planet. This book with its singular wisdom could change the face of corporate governance with huge dividends to shareholders and society."
Ralph Whitworth, principal, Relational Investors LLC
"Ram Charan always seems to get it right. Owning Up not only asks the right questions, it gives answers that can make a real difference for improving board performance."
James M. Kilts, former chairman and CEO, The Gillette Company
"As always, well–reasoned, insightful, and thought–provoking. A work that every director will find of value, particularly given the intense pressure of these unprecedented economic times."
Professor Charles M. Elson, director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware
"Here is the book that every corporate director needs today. With his decades of insider experience, Ram Charan brings more wisdom and insight to this subject than anyone else I know."
Geoff Colvin, Fortune editor and author, Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World–Class Performers from Everybody Else
What Boards Need Now.
1. Question 1. Is the Composition of the Board Right for the Challenge?
2. Question 2. How Are We Addressing the Risks that Could Put Our Company over the Cliff?
3. Question 3. Are We Prepared to Do Our Job Well When a Crisis Erupts?
4. Question 4. Are We Well Enough Prepared to Name Our Next CEO?
5. Question 5. How Well Does the Board Own the Strategy?
6. Question 6. How Can We Get the Information We Need to Govern Well?
7. Question 7. How Can Our Board Get CEO Compensation Right?
8. Question 8. Why Do We Need a Lead Director Anyway?
9. Question 9. Is Our governance committee Best of Breed?
10. Question 10. How Do We Get the Most Value out of Our Limited Time?
11. Question 11. How Can Executive Sessions Improve the Ownership Function of the Board?
12. Question 12. How Can Our Board Self–Evaluation Improve Our Functioning and Our Output?
13. Question 13. How Do We Stop from Micromanaging?
14. Question 14. How Well Prepared Are We to Work with Activist Shareholders and Their Proxies?
About the Author.