The Governance Revolution

What Every Board Member Needs to Know, NOW!

Boards of directors are sitting ducks. Shareholders complain and attack them, management manipulates them, and individual board members have little power, able to act only as a small part of the board as a whole. Governance issues are front and center, yet often there is little understanding, even among board members, of the key role that they themselves play.

Written in an accessible and human voice, The Governance Revolution: What Every Board Member Needs to Know, NOW! provides information and context essential to anyone seeking to understand how corporations and their stewards - the board of directors - can and should function in the volatile world we inhabit.

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Book Reviews

The Governance Revolution is a must-read for any current or aspiring corporate director. Deborah Hicks Midanek has created an eminently readable, incredibly pragmatic, and extremely valuable playbook for corporate directors. This is the one book every director should read to gain a better understanding of the current corporate governance revolution!

Harvey Pitt, CEO, Kalorama Partners, LLC; Former Chairman, United States Securities & Exchange Commission

Moving our corporations toward sustainable business practice requires that boards of directors stand and deliver. This powerful book is ideal for every director and member of senior leadership who wants to make a difference.

Halla Tomasdottir, CEO, The B Team

This is truly brilliant. Frankly I opened it with a sense of obligation to skim, but that did not last. I read the whole thing word for word. The scope is breathtaking. It is well researched, exhaustive and deeply thoughtful. Frankly I was expecting a modest "how to" and instead got a definitive history. Congratulations!

Robert J. Rosenberg, retired partner and co-chair of Insolvency Practice Group at Latham & Watkins LLP; frequent independent director

I've rarely seen such an information packed book. I've been a non-executive director and trustee of various companies/charities but this is opening my eyes to all the things that directors forget or get steered away from.

Stefan Drew, Author, Futurist, Director, Marketing Magician Enterprises, Ltd

A thorough and thought-provoking consideration of the role of the board in modern business, and why we ought to be talking more about it. With mix of research, legal insight and personal example, Midanek demonstrates not only how boards ought to function, but how more thoughtful approaches to governance can and should restore business to a more sustainable and trusted force in society. I wish I'd had this book in business school!

Michele Miller, Author & Television Writer, The Underwriting

Ms. Midanek combines historical research, personal experience, and current debates in a compelling read. Her book provides context for many of today's discussions about the role of corporations and who's in charge.

--Gwen Finegan, Board Member and Strategic Advisor to Health Care Systems

Drawing on her encyclopedic knowledge of business history and decades of practical experience inside corporate boardrooms, Deborah brilliantly illuminates and breathes life into dry and dusty concepts like fiduciary duties, maximizing shareholder value, and exercising reasoned business judgment. Deborah encourages corporate directors to flex their collective corporate governance muscles to enthusiastically participate in building robust businesses that serve and reward every constituency today and lay foundations of opportunity for future generations.

--Peter A. Chapman, Publisher, Beard Group, inc.

Coming soon!

The Governance Revolution audio book in Fall 2019 and Deborah’s follow up book, Speaking Out on Governance; what stakeholders say about the revolution, in early 2020.

Coming in 2020