Reinventing Your Board, Revised Edition
John Carver, Miriam Carver
Hardcover, 336 pages
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This hands-on, step-by-step guide puts your board to work in the real world.
John Carver introduced the Policy Governance Model, a highly effective, results-oriented approach to nonprofit board governance. In Reinventing Your Board, Revised Edition John Carver and Miriam Carver show how to put the model into motion and take organizations to new levels of achievement.
This book provides the recipe for putting Policy Governance into practice. With 25 figures, policy samples, forms, and other practical, "put-the-model-in-motion" materials, this is the nuts-and-bolts materials that Carvers' followers have been requesting. The authors illustrate effective board decision making, show how to craft useful policies, and offer practical advice on such matters as setting the agenda, monitoring CEO performance, defining the board role, and more. Step-by-step instructions and sample policies make this a valuable resource for boards in the public and nonprofit sectors.
This book enriches its definitive exposition with updated policy samples, a new chapter on the process of policy development, and additional resources for various types of boards.
With creative insight and commonsense practicality, the book presents a bold new approach to board job design, board-staff relationships, the chief executive role, performance monitoring, and virtually every aspect of the board-management relationship. In their stead, he offers a board model designed to produce policies that make a difference, missions that are clearly articulated, standards that are ethical and prudent, meetings, officers, and committees that work; and leadership that supports the fulfillment of long-term goals. You can view the following excerpts here:
You may also be interested in a companion to this book: Boards That Make a Difference. Both of these books are useful when purchased in sufficient quantity to give one each to your board directors or trustees.
"This book has been an invaluable resource for our board members as we have adopted the Policy Governance model. It is an excellent road map for the implementation of the model, answering many practical questions and providing numerous examples of applications in a variety of settings. I strongly recommend it for any board wishing to improve its effectiveness." --Sister Patricia Lorenz, CSJ, board chair, Carondelet Heatth, Kansas City, Missouri
"This clear and chair-friendly book is the ultimate how-to manual for a board determined to ensure the future as they would envision it. No chairman should be without it." --George Dessart, former chair, board of directors, American Cancer Society, Atlanta
"John Carver is a revolutionary of the very best kind. Carver's Policy Governance model has provided the means for trustees to live out Greenleaf's challenge to boards to act as both servant and leader." --Larry C. Spears, CEO, The Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership; editor, Reflections on Leadership, Insights on Leadership, Servant Leadership, and The Power of Servant Leadership; co-editor, Practicing Servant Leadership and Focus on Leadership
JOHN CARVER is the creator of the internationally-known, breakthrough approach in board leadership known as the Policy Governance model. He has worked with boards worldwide for over 20 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, and Lutheran World Relief. His ideas have been featured in The London Times and promoted in the National League of Cities, the Canadian Hospital Association, the American Society of Association Executives, Georgia Power Company, and many others. MIRIAM MAYHEW CARVER consults extensively in North America and England with boards in the fields of health, education, social services, charity, and mental health, as well as library boards and city councils. She was executive director of Canada's first AIDS hospice. Both authors reside in Atlanta, Georgia.
This clear, chair-friendly book is the ultimate how-to manual for a board determined to ensure the future as they would envision it. No chairman should be without it." (George Dessart, chair, board of directors, American Cancer Society)
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