Winning the Corporate Board Games

CareerCast - Life-long Career Development

John Montford Do you want to have a Board Directorship in the future, yet feel that you don’t know how to make that a reality? John Montford, author of Board Games: Straight Talk for New Directors and Good Governance, believes that there is a path to successful Board Leadership and helps global organizations get better results from executive search, management succession, and the board nominating process. In this CareerCast, John shares insights, perspective, and wisdom from decades of experience in and around the boardroom and with executive leadership.

Aired July 2016

John T. Montford is president and chief executive officer of JTM Consulting, LLC, the state and federal government relations advisory firm he founded in 2010, and chancellor emeritus of the Texas Tech University System. Montford served as a member of the Texas Senate for 14 years. During his tenure in the Senate he served as chair of the Senate Finance Committee and chair of the Senate State Affairs Committee. Texas Monthly named Senator Montford among the Top Ten Best Legislators for five legislative sessions. Montford was an active duty officer in the United States Marine Corps from 1968 to 1971. After his military service, he served as an elected district attorney. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Texas in Austin. He has served as an independent director of Southwest Airlines since 2002 and currently serves as chair of its Audit Committee. Prior to establishing his own consulting firm, Montford served as senior adviser for global public policy for General Motors Company, where he was responsible for GM public policy for federal, state, and international, as well as the GM Foundation, and was a member of the GM Executive Committee. Prior to joining GM, Montford was the senior vice president of state legislative affairs for AT&T. Other positions he has held include chair of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, president of the board of the National Western Art Foundation, chair of the advisory committee for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and chair of the Development Board of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Montford’s work has been published in law review articles, and he also co-authored a book on Texas workers’ compensation.

Board Games: Straight Talk for New Directors and Good Governance by John T. Montford and Joseph Daniel McCool (2016)

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The Director’s Manual: A Framework for Board Governance by Peter Browning and William Sparks (2015)

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Women On Board: Insider Secrets to Getting on a Board and Succeeding as a Director by Susan Stautberg and Nancy Calderon (2014)

Boards That Excel: Candid Insights and Practical Advice for Directors by B. Joseph White (2014)

Effective Leadership for Nonprofit Organizations: How Executive Directors and Boards Work Together by Thomas Wolf (2014)

The Board Game: How Smart Women Become Corporate Directors by Betsy Berkhemer-Credaire (2013)

Boards That Lead: When to Take Charge, When to Partner, and When to Stay Out of the Way by Ram Charan and Dennis Carey (2013)

Startup Boards: Getting the Most Out of Your Board of Directors by Brad Feld and Mahendra Ramsinghani (2013)

The Board of Directors and Audit Committee Guide to Fiduciary Responsibilities: Ten Critical Steps to Protecting Yourself and Your Organization by Sheila Moran CPA CFE and Ronald Kral CPA CMA (2013)

The Board Book: An Insider's Guide for Directors and Trustees by William G. Bowen (2012)

The Nonprofit Board Answer Book: A Practical Guide for Board Members and Chief Executives by BoardSource (2011)

Building a Successful Family Business Board: A Guide for Leaders, Directors, and Families by Jennifer M. Pendergast and John L. Ward (2011)