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The Imperfect Board Member


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"Finally, a book about boards that isn't boring!

—Patrick Lencioni, author, The Advantage and The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

About The Imperfect Board Member


The Imperfect Board Member is a leadership fable in the vein of Patrick Lencioni’s The Five Dysfunctions of a Team and Ken Blanchard’s The One Minute Manager—authors who have both endorsed Jim Brown’s book. 

Readers have been pleasantly surprised that a topic that has been discussed so dryly comes alive in this refreshing book. In it, fictional CEO David Slater learns to interact with the board of directors of his publicly-traded company “Communitrek.” At the same time he joins a non-profit board of directors. Through challenges and plenty of mistakes, he discovers how to be an effective board member with guidance from fellow director and local pastor, Trevor McAllister.

The back section of the book summarizes and provides resources regarding the board governance principles illustrated through the fable, particularly The Secret Formula for Organizational Effectiveness and the seven disciplines of the GEM (Governance Excellence Model).

Available in hardcover, Kindle, and audio formats.

The Imperfect Board Member book by Jim Brown

"I know no board members, myself included, who won't learn valuable lessons from Jim Brown's book The Imperfect Board Member. Don't miss it!"
—Ken Blanchard, coauthor, The One-Minute Manager and The Secret

Ram Charan

"Thanks to Sarbanes-Oxley, boards have become active. The Imperfect Board Member clarifies sharply the lines of what boards need to do and what management needs to do. The time has come for the two groups to work together and yet keep independent."

Ram Charan, coauthor, Execution, and author, Boards That Deliver


"The Imperfect Board Member by Jim Brown is a highly perceptive, eminently readable, engagingly human book on how boards and directors can improve their performance. In a breezy conversational style that uses dialogue invitingly and often, the author explores with sensitivity and a light touch not only the standard ingredients but also the more subtle nuances of excellence in both corporate and not-for-profit governance."
—William A. Dimma, author, Tougher Boards for Tougher Times; chairman, Home Capital Group Inc.


"Everyone wins with good governance—countries, corporations, and community groups. In a compelling style like no one before him, Jim Brown helps leaders understand the keys for boardroom excellence. The Imperfect Board Member ought to be required reading for people on every type of board. The great thing is that it won't need to be required—it's such a fun book, every leader will want to read it."
—Jim Balsillie, chairman and co-CEO, Research in Motion; chair, Centre for International Governance Innovation

Purchase on Amazon in hardcover or Kindle, or on Apple Music for the audiobook.

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