Effective Boards Can Be A Huge Asset For Private Companies

For private companies, the benefits of bringing in outside experience can have a profound impact. This book is designed to give clarity to common questions like: Why should I have a board? How does it help my business? What style of board should I have? What are the roles and functions of the board members? How to recruit and retain advisors?

Follow the practical and actionable advice in this guide for greater business success with less risk and reduced stress.

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“We see a material difference between companies with a strong board and no functioning board. Strong boards increase the value of a business and reduce the risk of ownership. Navigating Private Company Governance provides the roadmap to a strong board, in an easily readable format.â€

Mark L. Lehmann, CEO, JMP Securities LLC

“It has been said that a good board in a family or private business has the highest correlation to their long-term success. This book is an excellent resource to installing an effective board for long-term success.â€

Henry Hutcheson, President, Family Business USA

“Navigating Private Company Governance describes not just how to create good governance practices for private companies but also explains why private companies should make the investment of time and capital to establish these practices. Implementing these methods will assure the company delivers the results all the stakeholders are looking for. If you are starting your first board with independent directors or starting to refresh your board—start here.â€

Dennis Kessler, founder and president of the Midwest Family Business Advisors and co-founder of the Private Directors Association

“Having served with Bruce Werner on a newly formed family-owned company board, I saw first-hand the value of applying his tenets for establishing a high-functioning private company board. Navigating Private Company Governance is a must-read for private company owners and executives seeking better outcomes for their company.â€

Liz Levy-Navarro, Munich Re, Wilshire Mutual Funds, Eastside Distilling

“The author has real experience in each of the relevant roles: stockholder, CEO, director, and consultant. The result is a trove of actionable advice for private business owners who seek to improve their companies through better governance. The wisdom of his experience shines through, making this a valuable read not only for owners, but also directors, who can benefit from insight into the thought processes of owners.â€

Shepherd G. Pryor IV, NACD Fellow, founding member of the Private Directors Association, and co-author of The Private Equity Edge

Your Guide To Better Business Decisions

Avoiding making business decisions, especially tough ones, is the same as making a decision. Successful leaders understand this and do not vacillate when a decision needs to be made. The challenge of leadership is that no one tells you when you need to make a decision or what the right answer is. You need to figure out the answers to those questions, often alone.

Your Ownership Journey shows business owners, from novice to veteran, how to develop an ownership strategy and use that to make better business decisions. With this book, you’ll gain clarity on your life goals, find the tools to raise capital and retain top talent, drive growth, and create a plan for the future of your business.

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“Owning a business is hard, and they don’t come with user manuals. Your Ownership Journey explains the challenges, and provides solutions, that trouble so many private companies. Werner provides a great compass for owners to navigate safely to their intended destination.â€

Laura Huang, Professor at Harvard Business School and bestselling author of EDGE: Turning Adversity into Advantage

“Your Ownership Journey is a must-read for private company leaders at every level: family owners, senior executives, and independent directors. The book identifies practical considerations related to succession planning and management oversight that will be helpful to current and aspiring independent directors on private (and public) company boards.â€

Lance Mangum, Staff Vice President, Government Affairs at FedEx Corporation

“Business owners are in the enviable position to shape an enterprise that reflects their values system and life goals. In Your Ownership Journey, Werner provides wise and compassionate frameworks based on decades of personal experience, helping owners ensure they have set the vision that is right for them, can challenge their thinking as conditions change, and can execute toward that vision. It is a good catalyst for reflection by business owners and board members alike.â€

Kathryn Haley, EVP United Healthcare, Board member Concentrix
Corporation, First Midwest Bancorp, Inc., and Alight Solutions

“Your Ownership Journey provides an excellent roadmap from early stage to happy and fulfilling retirement with directions on how to navigate the difficult stops and detours along the way.â€

Dennis Kessler, Retired Co-President of Fel-Pro, a fifth-generation family business

“The COVID-19 pandemic has made it imperative for all of us to rethink how we use our time and talents to ensure we have a livelihood. Jobs and assured income as we knew it has been permanently disrupted. Bruce Werner’s comprehensive step-by-step guide for all budding entrepreneurs is both timely and required. We need to identify and leverage our skills and talents to create ‘value’ for a target audience who will exchange their money to access it. I recommend this book with enthusiasm to all of you to better face the reality of the 21st Century.â€

Dr Ravi A Fernando, Chairman/CEO, Global Strategic Corporate Sustainability


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