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Mike Whitlam, adviser, UK Office of Communications (Ofcom) and former director general, British Red Cross Society, London
"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 Health, Kansas City, Missouri
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George Dessart, former chair, board of directors, American Cancer Society, Atlanta
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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; coeditor, Practicing Servant Leadership and Focus on Leadership
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Sir Adrian Cadbury, former chancellor, Aston University; former director, Bank of England; chairman, UK Committee on Financial Aspects of Corporate Governance (source of the "Cadbury Report"); recipient of the 2001 International Corporate Governance Network award; author of The Company Chairman and Corporate Governance and Chairmanship
Figures and Exhibits.
Preface to the Second Edition.
PART ONE. PREPARING FOR CHANGE.
1. Setting the Stage: Are You Sure You′re Ready for This?.
2. The Theoretical Foundation: The Practicality of Sound Theory.
3. Deciding to Implement Policy Governance: Looking Before You Leap.
PART TWO. CRAFTING POLICIES.
4. Executive Limitations Policies: Optimizing Empowerment by Setting Limits.
5. Governance Process Policies: Defining the Board′s Job.
6. Board–Management Delegation Policies: Linking Governance to the CEO.
7. Ends Policies: The Real Bottom Line.
PART THREE. READY, STEADY, GO.
8. Monitoring Organizational Performance: Getting the Right Information About the Right Things.
9. The Board′s Documents: Preserving the Board′s Decisions.
10. Implementation and Beyond: Concrete Steps Mirror Conceptual Integrity.
A. A Sample Board Policy Manual.
B. Sample Ends Policies.
C. Sample Monitoring Reports.
D. Selected Readings.
Miriam Carver has worked with boards in both public and nonprofit sectors in North America, Europe, and Southeast Asia. She is coeditor of the bimonthly Board Leadership and coauthor of the books A New Vision of Board Leadership, The Board Member′s Playbook, and the CarverGuide Series on Effective Board Governance.