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Boards That Make a Difference: A New Design for Leadership in Nonprofit and Public Organizations
John Carver's groundbreaking Policy Governance model has influenced the way public and nonprofit boards operate around the world. Now, as widespread experience with the model accumulates, Carver enriches his definitive exposition with updated policy samples, a new chapter on the process of policy development, and additional resources for various types of boards. Carver deb ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 28th 1997 by Jossey-Bass
(first published November 30th 1989)
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John Carver's work is a conundrum. In one way, his policy governance theory makes complete sense. Boards of directors of nonprofit and governmental organizations should focus on the big picture, on defining results, and leave operations (how to) to their staff. With this clear focus, boards no longer have to struggle with the question of where rubberstamping ends and micromanaging begins. They are working on their responsibilities and staffs are working on theirs, which are separate but compleme ...more
For school but I ended up enjoying it because I didn't take it all at face value- more with a grain of salt, because the idealist way of Carver's thinking just doesn't happen. Although, those working in local government often wish that boards and committees would think this way!
“In the short term, there is scant room for dreaming, for one must choose between being taken seriously and being visionary. In the long term, however, leadership cannot afford to overlook the wisdom of dreams, even the wisdom of playful dreaming. Vision that bounds higher than the barriers that confine us often spring from earnest playfulness.”More quotes…