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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.
See also: Policy Governance Walk-Through: How to Write a Monitoring Report
Does your board struggle with communicating effectively as a group? We can help with that. Check out this Key Messages document. Your board is in the communications business. To effectively lead organizations, boards have to listen to the people they serve. They need to know what questions to ask, and how to reach people willing Continue reading →
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 →
Many boards and organizations go to great lengths to develop statements or lists of values by which they intend to abide. But coming up with a list of values is of no use unless those values translate into actual behaviours. Does this situation look familiar? As John Carver says, “I frequently encounter boards that have 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” is not the sexiest word in the English language, but most people grudgingly agree that boards should have at least some policies written down for legal reasons, if nothing else. However, boards that simply have a few policies on the books miss out on the benefits of using a logical framework of principles like Policy Governance. Continue reading →
One of the many benefits of adopting Policy Governance® (otherwise known as “the Carver model”) is the fact that more is published about both Policy Governance theory and practice than about any other approach to board governance. Thanks to the work of Dr. John Carver, Miriam Carver, Caroline Oliver, and many other writers, a wide variety Continue reading →
What is at the heart of Policy Governance®? Policy Governance is a set of ten principles that enables boards to lead organizations accountably and effectively on behalf of a moral or legal ownership. These principles help boards to organize and to clarify all expectations of the CEO1, board committees, and board members, and to make Continue reading →