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Boards That Make a Difference: A New Design for Leadership in Nonprofit and Public Organizations
by John Carver
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 ...more
Hardcover, 418 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Jossey-Bass
(first published November 30th 1989)
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Mar 23, 2012 Cathy Allen rated it liked it · review of another edition
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…