Dynamic Directors
Aligning Board Structures for Business Success

By Allan Blake
June 1999
Macmillan UK
ISBN: 0333739027
256 pages
$135.00 hardcover

'This is an outstanding book...(a)notable achievement of the book is to advance the debate about Board evaluation. Blake shows that...just as the challenges facing - and demands made of - Directors change, so must the criteria against which we judge Board and Director performance. His discussion of Innovation Leadership, for example, is seminal. It is one of many elements in this fine book which should radically change the way we think about corporate governance.' - David Band, Practice Director, P.A. Consulting
'An invaluable guide for board members and potential company directors of all companies that reviews the complexities of working at board level, as well as offering some tried and tested strategies for improving Board performance.' - Long Range Planning

'A thoughtful analysis of successful board architecture and how to achieve the ideal dynamic partnership between shareholders and directors... fills a gap in the literature and will add value to all directors' work. Essential for succession planning.' - Director Magazine

'This is a unique book, written to help boards... Boards, Chief Executives and Chairmen will find the evaluation questionnaire useful.' - Corporate Governance

The leadership that a board of directors and its individual directors provides has a profound affect on the future of a company in terms of its performance and success. Whilst much has been written about corporate governance little has been written about the dynamics of board architecture, yet the board is a key decision-making body within a company.

In this book, the author shows how board members, consultants and policy-makers need to understand the complexity of board architecture, recognising that directors and their leadership skills are dependent on the type of company and its stage of development.

Operating at board level is never easy. This book can help to explain why and assist in altering a company's approach to one that is more successful. Just as you may undertake an analysis of the personality type of the various people that you deal with in a client company, the author argues that you can also undertake an analysis of the company at board level.

Dynamic Directors
provides an invaluable guide to assisting in the development of boards and in showing how successful board development can lead to successful companies, be they family run, entrepreneur, subsidiary or companies listed on the Stock Exchange.

Based on the author's experience of working with a wide range of companies, this new book provides practical help and advice. Matching the dynamic environment that companies operate in with guidance as to how companies can align their board structures and composition, Dynamic Directors can help to ensure that the board is the best decision-making team that a company has to help it achieve its goals.

The Nature of Corporate Variety
Board Architecture and Entrepreneur Companies
Board Architecture and Family Companies
Board Architecture and Listed Companies
Board Architecture and Groups of Companies
Policy and Business Perspectives

Author Biography:
ALLAN BLAKE is currently a Managing Consultant at the PA Consulting Group's Management Centre, working with a number of companies to help develop their boards and individual directors. Prior to that he worked at Leeds Business School where he contributed to the Institute of Directors distance learning programme.

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