How appropriate that the dedication in Gayle Gifford’s newest Emerson & Church book, Make Your Board Dramatically More Effective, Starting Today: A Board Member’s Guide to Asking the Right Questions leads off with this quote from Gandhi: “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” For I have always admired the author’s gentle, quiet intelligence coupled with a steely determination that could move mountains.
Like other books in Emerson & Church’s “1-Hour Book” series, Make Your Board Dramatically More Effective is a short (114 pages) read. Divided into three distinct parts, each with seven to 15 brief chapters, it is a simple, easy read. But don’t mistake simple for superficial. Gayle consistently cuts to the crux with questions that successful boards need to ask themselves to lead with integrity and courage.
Every chapter leads with a question designed to focus your board on what is truly important. As you read, you’ll be nodding your head. For Gayle has a gift of simplifying what may seem to be complex board governance issues. Chapter 4, Do Shared Values Guide Our Practices? will call to mind the recent Susan G. Komen controversy and how it could have been avoided.
Make Your Board Dramatically More Effective, Starting Today is a book that every member of your board should read.