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Hard truths about getting on a company's board

When business executives ask me what they should do to be appointed to a board, I always give them this tongue-in-cheek answer: "If you're asking, it's a sign that you do not qualify."

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You don't ask to join a board. You are asked.The reality is that guidance and supervision from the board of directors is becoming ever more important.

I ONCE asked a Buddhist monk whether I was enlightened. He replied seriously that if I were enlightened I would not be asking that question. I often remember this conversation and find a surprising yet profane analogy with joining a governance board which, for many executives, is the corporate