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Boards That Excel by B. Joseph White

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INTRODUCTION

Pay It Forward

The Purpose of This Book

We are products of our experiences. Two of mine have greatly influenced the views about governance expressed in this book. In both cases, I was there at the creation. The principals involved had high aspirations and a stewardship attitude toward governance. Results over more than two decades have been strong and positive.

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My boss, Dean Gil Whitaker of the University of Michigan Business School, walked into my office in Ann Arbor with a guest. “Hi, I’m Paul Gordon,” he said with a deep voice and a big smile. “We have a little family business in Grand Rapids. I’m wondering if you could help us ...

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