In the Academy Award-nominated film, Whats Love Got to Do With It, there was a pivotal courtroom scene. Angela Bassett, playing R&B/Rock legend Tina Turner, announces that shell relinquish her claim to all of her financial holdings with abusive husband Ike Turner; she asks only to keep her name. While this dramatic scene seems fitting for the big screen (or for the life of a musical superstar), it would hardly seem like something one would see in real, everyday life. The new book by Noie James, A Victim of Boards of Directors: Based on a True Story (published by iUniverse), shows how keeping ones good name can be a very real ordeal.
Noie James has a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of California in Berkeley, where she majored in finance and accounting. She amassed over 10 years of experience as an executive specializing in project management.
James, a seasoned professional in project management, did not expect her exemplary career to come to an abrupt halt. Routinely overseeing million-dollar investment deals, James prided herself on dotting each I and crossing every T. Yet, when she discovered that the board of directors of four organizations organizations she had professional dealings with had ignored the evidence of improper management by their CEO, she knew she must speak up. Her declarations of righting these wrongs were met with resistance, which led to her being ostracized by her colleagues.
My book is about getting justice and holding directors on boards accountable for the dishonest actions of the executives who report to them, says James. I have been pursuing this dispute for 16 years and I am determined to restore my good name.
In A Victim of Boards of Directors James details the missteps of the organizations in question and offers suggestions on how other organizations can avoid similar fates. She is a big supporter of board review committees and details their effectiveness in A Victim of Boards of Directors.
This book is relevant in todays society where people are underdogs in the work place and feel that they are powerless, says James. I want readers of my book to feel that they can stand up for themselves in the face of daunting odds.
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