- Never Have a Policy that Includes "Unless the Board Approves"
Policy Governance is a governance system created by John Carver. Thus it is sometimes referred to as the Carver model. It is comprised of a series of internally consistent principles which enable boards to provide leadership for their organizations, including churches, denominations, mission agencies and other charities. Policy Governance is not a series of best practices which can be adopted on an ad hoc basis. As such there is no hybrid version of Policy Governance.
Boards that implement Policy Governance are clear about those to whom they are accountable and on whose behalf they govern. They are clear regarding who will be better off as a result of the ministry of the organization and how those people will be better off. That means they talk mostly about the future rather than the present of the past. Policy Governance boards articulate their values in terms of setting boundaries, outside of which management cannot operate. They are as concerned about their own performance as they are about the performance of their CEO.
Policy Governance is a registered service mark of John Carver. The authoritative website for the Policy Governance model can be found at www.carvergovernance.com
The Governance CoachTM
The Governance Coach is an organization that specializes exclusively in Policy Governance®. Clients, including churches, denominations, mission agencies and other charities are provided with an all-encompassing, beginning-to-end consulting package as they implement Policy Governance. This includes the unique REALBoard Advantage™ system. A board will often start with a one day introduction to Policy Governance and then decide if it wants to implement the system. Then it can be confident that The Governance Coach will continue to provide ongoing coaching.
Within The Governance Coach, there is over a half century of combined experience in coaching boards in the implementation of Policy Governance. The Governance Coach consultants connect regularly to intentionally share their expertise and experience. Add to that an administration department that looks after the logistics, including the preparation of professionally developed materials which are sent to clients prior to a workshop.
You might want to consider taking the Board Practices Profile™. This profile has 12 questions. All you need to do is click on the statement that most closely describes your board’s current behaviour. When you have completed this profile, you will be provided with a brief report indicating areas in which your board could benefit from further development, and suggestions to help you move forward.