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

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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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Contents

The Author
Chapter 1Leadership by Governing Boards
Varieties ofBoards
Policy as a Leadership Tool
Chapter 3 Designing Policies That Make a Difference
TheApproval Syndrome
Focusing on Results
LongRange Planning
Next Chapter
Officers and Committees
Chapter 9Policy Development by Levels
Examples ofPolicy Expansion
Collecting
Be Obsessedwith Effects forPeople
But Does It Work?
Varieties of Policy Governance Applications

Chapter 5Controlling Ethics and Prudence
Strong Boards Need Strong Executives
The Management Sequence
Chapter 7The Boards Responsibility for Itself
Bylaws Resource CGlossary
Index
Copyright

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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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