Books written by American College of Corporate Directors members

Acroos The Board

Across the Board: The Modern Architecture Behind an Effective Board of Directors

By: Mark A Pfister

We all understand the importance in the individual factors of our Board existence... good governance oversight, challenging and endorsing strategy, CEO selection, and the like. Now, in "Across The Board: The Modern Architecture Behind an Effective Board of Directors," Mark A. Pfister decodes the underlying architecture and ties the foundational elements into a futuristic equation that can be effectively applied to create, or reinvigorate, tomorrow’s Boards.

The Goverance Revolution

"The Governance Revolution: What Every Board Member Needs to Know, Now!"

By: Deborah Bailey

This book was just released by DeGruyter. It tells the story of corporate governance - origins and evolution and aims to prepare readers for the emerging Governance Revolution, important to everyone.

The tension between companies, shareholders and lawmakers as to who controls corporate wealth and future direction is growing. These brewing battles demand that directors and executives, investors and lenders, lawyers and accountants, legislators and regulators, and even customers and vendors develop a firm understanding of the role of the board in sustaining the life of the corporation. As evidenced by the many failures ascribed to failed governance, many boards,  board members and advisors simply do not understand their responsibilities.

Navigating The Digital Age

Navigating the Digital Age, Second Edition,

By : Jim Trainor

The ultimate guide on how the latest #cybersecurity technology can mitigate business risk.  The book brings together 50 leaders from the cyber security field, both from private industry and government.  An important focus of the book is centered around doing business in the Digital Age – particularly around the need to foster a mutual understanding between technical and non-technical executives when it comes to the essential issues surrounding cybersecurity.  Secure your copy and check out my chapter.   

Corporate Concinnity

Corporate Concinnity in the Boardroom: 10 Imperatives to Drive High Performing Companies Greenleaf Book Group Press (2015)

By : Nancy Falls
The book was described by NYSE Nonexecutive Chairman of the Year James Bradford as offering “...incredibly frank and insightful views into the dynamics of the boardroom and the C-suite…a must read for CEOs, chairs, and board members.”  The book’s straightforward and compelling guidance, described as “worth its weight in gold” by North Face founder and former CEO Hal Klopp, is now available to companies and boards via Cloud Concinnity, a board intelligence & management platform, that allows boards to operationalize and automate these and other best practices.

The Art Of Ma

“The Art of M&A”

By : Ken Smith

Given current market dynamics, I think M&A is a topic of interest to most boards.  McGraw Hill published my book “The Art of M&A Strategy” in 2012 (coauthored with Alexandra Reed Lajoux).  The book covers both buy side and sell side considerations with a focus on Strategy:  e.g. The different ways that M&A can create value and can accelerate strategic growth; how M&A skills can be a source of competitive advantage; the directors’ role in M&A.  It is a practical book in Q&A format.

Ba To Boardroom

“BA to Boardroom”

By : Chris Wilson

This is a book for individuals at all stages of their career who are seeking to build the skill needed to manage and lead in todays business world. The career stories and over 40 skills presented in the book are geared for young people climbing the corporate ladder and the last part of the book highlights individual skills that are critical for effective Board service.

As The Prop Turns

"As the Prop Turns"

By: John Wood

Book Review by Marla Boone of the American WACO Club:

UPF-7 NC 29923 is a lucky airplane for several reasons.  Many airplanes born in 1940 no longer enjoy the euphoria of flight.  Having been badly damaged in multiple accidents over the years, 923 somehow always ended up with someone who was willing to invest the time, money, and effort in returning her to the sky.
Also, many airplanes spend their lives in complete anonymity.  They fly, they haul, they dust, they leave the earth, they come back.  It’s all in a day’s work.  Or play.  NC 29923 is fortunate in that she is having her story told.  She is particularly lucky to have it told by John Wood.
John’s abiding affection for this airplane is evident on every page of his utterly compelling and obviously painstakingly researched book “As The Prop Turns: The Soul of an Old Airplane.”  Filled with scores of anecdotes about the people who have flown---frequently successfully--- the airplane and punctuated throughout with photo after photo, the book is captivating.
Devotees of vintage airplanes have their voice in this book and they use it to every advantage.  If you have a WACO, this book will make you want to hold on to it. If you don’t have a WACO, it will make you want to become a caretaker or at least a pilot of one.
If it does neither of these two things, check yourself for a pulse.
The book with black and white photos is available from Amazon.  If you would like a signed copy with color photographs, search eBay or email the author at
Back Cover Text:
Delivered in late 1940, this Waco UPF-7 has lived a long and adventurous life. Sent first to a flying school in the Pacific Northwest, the open-cockpit biplane introduced World War II pilots to aerobatics in the Civilian Pilot Training Program, taught by a noted aviatrix.
Enjoy true escapades as you soar with a freight dog, a tax evader, a missionary dentist, a prominent woman sculptor, and a drug smuggler.  The adventures didn’t stop there. Declared surplus near the end of the war she became a crop duster.  Wrecked and rebuilt, the Waco later turned to life as a sightseeing workhorse.
The career of Waco NC29923 continues, and those who love her share their memories in As the Prop Turns. Fly in formation with her pilots and owners. Learn how she survived several devastating crashes to be beautifully restored each time. Enjoy this in-depth history that covers nearly eighty years and includes 134 photographs, drawings, and maps.
About the Author:
John Wood graduated from Louisiana Tech University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He studied engineering, retired as a public company CEO, and now serves as a corporate board member. Wood was company spokesman with high-profile exposure in print, television, and radio during investigations of the Pan Am 103 and TWA 800 crashes. On two occasions, he testified before the US Congress about improved airport security. Rated as an airline transport pilot and certified flight instructor, Wood has logged seven thousand flight hours and has experience piloting over one hundred aircraft makes and models, including jets, turboprops, seaplanes, helicopters, gliders and balloons. Wood is a veteran public speaker and lives with his wife in Concord, Massachusetts.
John Wood
132 Williams Road
Concord, MA 01742