Now … is no time to shrink from the challenge of effective governance. Boards, especially duly constituted public boards, are literally under attack. At school board meetings, for example, elected board members have come under vicious verbal and even physical assault from activists over mask and vaccine mandates, as well as other issues of the day.
Good governance is not an impenetrable shield against externally driven illegal, boorish, or nefarious acts, but it very well might help boards keep their hands steady on the wheel as they make their way through rough and stormy waters.
When times are tough enough already, board governance should not be made any more complicated or difficult than it already is. Board members need to be engaged and effective; not burnt out or running for the hills. With increasing threats to democracy, the need for wise and skillful board members to hold steady the wheels of public, private, and nonprofit institutions is greater now than ever before.
About two years ago, a very insightful client of ours suggested we make the ‘flipped classroom’ concept available for Policy Governance orientation. According to Wikipedia, “a flipped classroom is an instructional strategy and type of blended learning that reverses the traditional learning environment by delivering instructional content, often online, outside of the classroom. It moves Continue reading →
Policy Governance Benefits
May 19, 2018
If your board or organization is asked about why it uses Policy Governance, here are five main benefits to share. Results: Policy Governance focuses boards on ensuring that the organization achieves relevant results. Applying Policy Governance principles lets boards connect all the dots from owner input to board policy to policy interpretation to evidence of Continue reading →
The complete, official summary of Policy Governance® principles is the Policy Governance Source Document, and here is a list of publications to learn more. Meanwhile, here is a quick summary of the ten principles: Ownership: The board is accountable to a legal/moral ownership. Owners are a subset of stakeholders. Board Position: The board serves the ownership and Continue reading →
Policy Governance® offers many benefits to boards, CEOs, staff, owners, and key stakeholders, but not every organization is ready to invest in learning exactly what these principles are and how they work in practice. To find out if your board of directors is ready to learn more about Policy Governance, check their level of agreement Continue reading →
Policy Governance®: A Quick Definition Comprised of ten principles, Policy Governance® is a system that helps boards lead successful organizations. It ensures that board and staff are clear on who does what (and why), and maximizes board accountability to owners and the ability of staff to achieve relevant results. It can be compared to a Continue reading →
Govern with Confidence: Ten Key Principles for Effective Boards Hi, this is Susan with Brown Dog Consulting, inviting you to attend Govern With Confidence: Ten Key Principles for Effective Boards, a full-day workshop taking place in sunny Las Vegas on Tuesday, January 27. You will leave this engaging and interactive workshop feeling inspired about the Continue reading →
What is Policy Governance®?
October 5, 2012
This video provides a brief answer to the question, “What is Policy Governance?” In a nutshell, Policy Governance is a set of ten principles which, when used in their entirety, operate like a system that any board of directors can use to translate the wishes of moral or legal owners into organizational performance. Policy Governance Continue reading →