Improving performance through better board engagement. From McKinsey

The opening McKinsey Quarterly for this year is one of the best issues I’ve read in recent years. (All the pieces linked here require a free registration). One article talks about making time management an organizational matter rather than leaving it to individuals; another one covers six social media skills every leader needs; another addresses increasing the “meaning quotient” of work. But the central set of features this quarter is about improving performance through better board engagement. I highly recommend reading all five articles:

Bonus feature: the first modern organization chart (1855), a true class act by railroad engineer and manager Daniel McCallum. You can see the board of directors at the bottom of this exquisite tree.

The world's first organization chart

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