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Board effectiveness

Information and guidance on board effectiveness for corporate governance professionals. Board effectiveness is one of the responsibilities of the nomination committee.

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Webinars and other recordings

Ten steps to become a high performing board

Join us to look at this framework for good governance and how to apply the Ten Steps principles to all governance work. We will set out to discover what makes the difference between good and great in the boardroom.

Board games: How to simplify the complex and win at board reporting

The practical challenges of information governance and controls and the potential solutions.

From Asos to Arcadia: how do boards stay on top of trends?

Hear from expert speakers on the changing shape of retail and board responsibility

Lessons from lockdown: how will 2020’s AGM season affect the future of governance?

As businesses fight their way through turbulent times, lessons can be drawn from the challenges of AGM season during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Bloomsbury Accounting and Tax Service

Eligible firms have free access to Bloomsbury Professional's comprehensive online library, comprising around 80 titles from some of the country's leading tax and accounting subject matter experts. Find out who is eligible and how you can access the Accounting and Tax Service.

The effective board

A chapter analysing what makes boards effective, including achieving boardroom diversity and the role of board reviews.

Leadership

A chapter focusing on effective leadership by the board and its members.

Effective boards and directors

Practical guidance on the effectiveness of boards and directors, covering a wide variety of corporate governance issues.

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Maintaining an effective board

Chapter 9 looks at the board and good governance, which includes the work of the nomination committee. Board diversity, corporate culture, succession planning and recruitment to the board, director induction and development and board evaluation are all covered.

Good boardroom practice: a guide for directors and company secretaries

An authoritative guide to company secretarial practice. Detailed commentary is accompanied by over 80 precedents. Appendix 3 - Good boardroom practice: a guide for directors and company secretaries

Handbook of board governance, The: a comprehensive guide for public, private, and not-for-profit board members

This title provides comprehensive, expert-led coverage of all aspects of corporate governance for public, nonprofit, and private boards. Provides practical guidance and expert insight relevant to board members across the spectrum to aid the building of a more effective board. Written from the United States perspective.

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The leopard’s spots: changing change management

A study into the tension between ongoing change management initiatives, the speed of C Suite transitions and the shrinking of middle management. The author's review of industry data suggests that the increase in change management initiatives set against senior management instability and a loss of middle management is leading to diminishing returns. They suggest that increasing stability and consistency in core areas is becoming more important to corporate financial success.

Pricing and CEOs: why top executives need to get involved

The authors conducted 49 interviews with executives from pricing software vendors, to understand how the best-performing companies use pricing to drive profits and select pricing technologies.

From CA to C-Suite

The rise to CFO is not solely about your skills in financial planning or capital management. The job also takes empathy, courage and resilience. But can that be learned? Matthew Brace looks at how mentoring can help you develop the necessary skills to become CFO.

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Useful links

The Gender, Leadership and Inclusion Centre (GLIC)

The GLIC is a research community which collaborates with industry and produces high quality research in the areas of gender, leadership and inclusion at work. The centre, which is part of Cranfield University's School of Management, is responsible for an annual benchmarking report, The Female FTSE Board Report which has been published since 1999 and includes details of the number of female directors on FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 boards. The website provides information on the work of the centre, its research projects and published research papers.

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