Introductory Workshop on the
Policy Governance® Model
By Glen Peterson, Capacity Partnership Group
Thursday, January 17, 2008
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Half Day)
A new standard for leadership and accountability for boards of directors for organizations large and small
The one-day workshop is intended to transform the way you understand and practice the governing board job and the board-management relationship.
- The board is not just another group of volunteers that are to managed by the staff. They have a unique value that, as a group, brought to the organization ensures that it accomplishes what it should and avoids unacceptable means.
- Of the elements of the management of enterprise, none is less studies and less developed than the governing board. Because governance has rarely been the subject of rational design, boards persistently fall into trivia, CEO-centrism, meddling in—or conversely, rubber stamping—management’s work, and other failings. They do so even when composed of intelligent, experienced, caring members. Governing boards have relied on the patchwork, inadequate job design we have all inherited.
- The problem is chronic, pervasive, and long standing. Public and nonprofit boards, frequently in the absence of a market judgment, fail to govern what results are worth what cost. Corporate boards are prone to over-identify with management, seeing themselves more as advisors than commanders, allow unconscionable executive compensation and questionable practices. Even as the practices of management have made great strides in sophistication, governance remains in sad disrepair. These conditions are true worldwide.
- The message in today’s workshop is not intended for boards in trouble, though they can benefit. It is intended for boards that want to reach for a new level of excellence. Our topic is not how your board can solve the problems that keep it from the ideal. It is the ideal itself that is flawed. No less than a true paradigm shift is required to set us on a more powerful, more sensible, more responsible track.
- Today we will question many of your cherished beliefs about boards and chief executives. Financial oversight, committee work, policymaking, planning, accountability, monitoring, board-staff relationships and other important aspects of organization will acquire refreshingly new meaning.
- Consider this an adventure in exploring an old topic with new eyes. Welcome to Policy Governance®, a new design for accountable leadership of governing boards.
Seminar space is limited and registration will be determined on a first-come, first-served basis. Seminar fees are based on an organization's annual budget.
Registration Information is here.
The Center for Nonprofit Management offices are at the California Endowment's Center for Healthy Communities. Their new address is:1000 N. Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Policy Governance® is the registered trademark of John Carver, www.carvergovernance.com.
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