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The Fish Rots From The Head: The Crisis in our Boardrooms: Developing the Crucial Skills of the Competent Director by Bob Garratt

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5The Learning Board

A CENTRAL IDEA of the ‘business brain’ is that it is the focus and locus of the organization’s debate about learning. It is the ultimate test of whether the enterprise’s rate of learning is equal to, or greater than, the rate of change in its external environments. It is the legal test of whether it is a going concern or headed towards liquidation. It is where key organizational issues are identified, ideas generated imaginatively, and people given responsibility to go away to both tackle the problems and implement solutions in such a way that others can learn from them quickly. The board is the central processor of the business brain. The complexity of analysis, actions and the subsequent learning are too much for any board ...

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