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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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9Accountability

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Learning Board mindset: organizational efficiency – short-term, externally orientated thinking

Accountability seems both the simplest and yet is most complex of the board’s tasks.

All over the world the media is fixated by the lack of competence, unreliability, untrustworthiness and sheer greed of directors and executives. There are plenty of examples to draw from and the amount of fraud, corporate collapses, political or economic scandals related to companies, cronyism, graft and nepotism to be found in the US, the UK, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Spain, Australia, Hong Kong, South Africa and China, to name just a few, is sufficient ...

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