5 Steps to Board Success Book

Mark Daly’s 5 Steps To Board Success book is your how-to resource for small to mid-size business boards. It helps you create a peak-performing advisory board, improve an existing board and be a great board member. Learn how to outsmart competition, earn more profit, and purposely gain more control over the destiny of your organization. 5 Steps is used by many board members, worldwide. It includes input from leading experts Jim Collins (Good To Great), John Ward (Family Business Expert) and many successful board members.
5 Steps to Board Success! by Mark Daly

You Will Discover How Easy It Is To:

  • Identify and attract great board members who will infuse expertise and wisdom into your business.
  • Stay focused on winning strategies. Find out the 15 Key Strategic Questions every board should help you answer.
  • Run lively, highly effective board meetings that generate fresh ideas and help you make the right decisions.
  • Evaluate and compensate your board so that it is genuinely motivated to grow and improve your business.
  • Recruit special board members that will jump-start family and entrepreneurial businesses.
  • Become a peak-performing board member. The Appendix has 30+ pages of useful examples and valuable resources.
  • Be more successful in business.


Ordering Information

5 Steps to Board Success! is available in hardcover and paperback print formats from Amazon.

You may also order 5 Steps at your local bookstore.



“No book helps small and mid sized business owners better in putting together an effective board – probably the most valuable step they can take to strengthen their company.”

-John Ward, Professor of Family Enterprises at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management


“I just wanted to let you know that your book on creating a high performance board is great!!!!! I got it a few days ago and can’t put it down. My only major feedback is I wish you had written it sooner. It would have helped me start a board sooner and we would be performing at a higher level!”

-Steve Steinman, CEO of Moellering Industries


“Great book. It surpasses anything I’ve read by a long shot, especially in ease of use and clarity… thanks for a great read.”

-Bill LaWarre, former President and CEO of Northlich, Stolley, LaWarre advertising agency


“This is a subject that should be of great interest to small businesses… there is much to be said for the help, counsel and advice that a well run Board of Directors can provide them.”

-John Smale, Former Chairman of the Board of P&G and GM


“I just finished the 5 Steps book and wanted to congratulate you on a terrific job. As you know I have a passion for Boards for privately held companies and find your book both informative and compelling. Well done. All of the Board members I serve on will have copies and I will be recommending it to three others. Again well done and congratulations.”

-Ed VonderBrink, CEO of VonderBrink Consulting, LLC


“Mark’s book outlines how to find, attract and retain the best board experts. Plus, he gives tips on how to compensate, evaluate and improve your board so that it is genuinely motivated to grow your business.”

-Tillie Hidalgo Lima, President and CEO of Best Upon Request


“5 Steps is a must read for small and medium businesses… its really provocative. I’ll be amazed if that book does not become the industry standard for small companies.”

-Bill Connell, experienced Board member and former Corporate VP at P&G


“5 Steps to Board Success! is a well conceived and long overdue treatment of this important subject. Your style is an appealing blend of valuable principles in an eminently readable form. The previously underserved universe of Boards will be richly rewarded for a reading of 5 Steps.”

-Tom Gerdes, CEO of PMC Corporation


“This book has the potential to become the What Color Is Your Parachute? for business boards.”

-Jim Collins, Author


“Your book is fantastic! There is lots of wisdom offered here. It covers all the bases. You have done a great service to those who are considering establishing a Board”

-David Deye, Board Member


“Amazing! This is terrific.”

-Jim Graves, CEO of Erwin Graves and former COO of JC Bradford



Press Articles

Click below to download documents of 5 Steps press:


Cincinnati Business Courier Article


YPO News Member Highlight:

Mark Daly 5 Steps Article From YPO Explorer 2005



Book Details

Title: 5 Steps to Board Success!: New Approaches to Board Effectiveness and Business Success

Author: Mark Daly

ISBN: 1-4208-3821-0 (hardcover), 1-4208-3822-9 (softcover)

Library of Congress Number: 2005902379

Pages: 340, with Index and Appendix

Price: US $34.50 (hardcover), $22.95 (softcover)

Publisher: AuthorHouse