Boards That Make a Difference: A New Design for Leadership in Nonprofit and Public Organizations (Google eBook)

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 10, 2011 - Business & Economics - 448 pages
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In this revised and updated third edition, Carver continues to debunk the entrenched beliefs and habits that hobble boards and to replace them with his innovative approach to effective governance. This proven model offers an empowering and fundamental redesign of the board role and emphasizes values, vision, empowerment of both the board and staff, and strategic ability to lead leaders. Policy Governance gives board members and staff a new approach to board job design, board-staff relationships, the role of the chief executive, performance monitoring, and virtually every aspect of the board-management relationship. This latest edition has been updated and expanded to include explanatory diagrams that have been used by thousands of Carver's seminar participants. It also contains illustrative examples of Policy Governance model policies that have been created by real-world organizations. In addition, this third edition of Boards That Make a Difference includes a new chapter on model criticisms and the challenges of governance research.
  

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This book contains important ideas, but makes it sound too easy ... focusing on only the big ideas for board work. Read full review

Contents

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Officers
Committees
Comments on Traditional Committees
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The Crucial Difference Between Levels and Lists
Form and Function
Examples of Policy Expansion

Governance as Unique Management
Effects of Recent Corporate Governance Reforms
Toward a New Governance
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Policies as Values and Perspectives
Leadership Through Policies
Reinventing the Meaning of Board Policy
Categories of Board Policy
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Getting Serious About Policy
Policies Come in Sizes
The Approval Syndrome
Policy Development
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Transcending the Organization
Confusing Ends and Means
Expressing the Global Ends
Expanding on the Global Ends
LongRange Planning
Evaluating Ends
No Pain No Gain
Ends Policies on the Policy Circle
The Enticing Complexity of Operations
The Boards Stake in Staff Practices
Control Through Proactive Constraint
Policies to Limit Staff Action
Typical Executive Limitations Topics
Summary of Delegation with Ends and Executive Limitations
Executive Limitations Policies on the Policy Circle
Defining a CEO
Monitoring Executive Performance
Keeping the Roles Separate
The Management Sequence
BoardManagement Delegation Policies on the Policy Circle
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The Moral Ownership
The Boards Responsibility for Board Performance
Diversity and Dynamics
A Job Description
The Basic Board Job Description
The Boards HandsOn Work
Governance Process Policies on the Policy Circle
The Importance of Format
The Continuing State of Policies on the Policy Circle
Managing a Talking Job
Planning the Agenda
Getting Started
Collecting Board Wisdom
The Character of Meetings
Be Obsessed with Effects for People
Dare to Be Bigger Than Yourself
Respect Your Words
Invest in Selection and Training
Surmount the Conventional Wisdom
Make SelfEvaluation a Regular Event
Perpetually Redefine Quality
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Criticisms of Policy Governance
How Much Policy Governance Is Required to Be Policy Governance?
Research on the Effectiveness of Governance
Policy Governance and Excellence in Board Leadership
City Councils or Other Elected Boards
School Boards
Boards in State and Provincial Government
Parks Boards
Library Boards
Hospital Boards
Holding Company and Subsidiary Boards
Corporate Boards Organized for Profit
Legislatures Congresses and Parliaments
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John Carver is known internationally as the creator of the breakthrough in board leadership called the Policy Governance Model. He has worked with boards in the United States and Canada as well as on four other continents for over twenty-five years. His clients have included the National Association of State Boards of Education, the National Ballet of Canada, the American Institute of Architects, the Pentagon Federal Credit Union, Lutheran World Relief and the American Cancer Society. He is author of the bi-monthly newsletter workshop Board Leadership and his books have sold over 250,000 copies around the world.

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