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The Board Member's Playbook. Using Policy Governance to Solve Problems, Make Decisions, and Build a Stronger Board. J–B Carver Board Governance Series

  • ID: 2212433
  • Book
  • February 2004
  • 304 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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All teams including boards must practice if they are to achieve peak performance. And because they are accountable for the organizations they govern, it is vital for board teams to practice the skills they need to lead effectively.

The Board Member’s Playbook written for board members both familiar with and new to John Carver’s revolutionary Policy Governance model offers real–world scenarios that address the challenges that confront boards of all types of organizations. Step by step, the authors walk readers through a proven problem–solving sequence that allows them to find solutions consistent with the values and policies of their organizations. Designed to be flexible, the book’s problem–solving methods are applicable to any challenge boards may face.

By completing the rehearsal exercises, participants will sharpen their problem–solving skills and become more responsible board members. The exercises will help readers learn to better conduct regular business, make major decisions, set policy, deal with crises, and act as responsible stewards of the organizations they serve.

Praise for The Board Member’s Playbook

"For me, the value in this book lies in its very concrete, step–by–step counsel to boards about how to capitalize on the idea of practice. The prescriptions Miriam and Bill so logically lay out are consistent with and built firmly on good theory, to be sure, and that is why the practical part is so, well practical."
John Carver

"The book is like having your own personal trainer by your side, pushing you to do your best while keeping you from hurting yourself or others. If you are serious and disciplined about moving from being an amateur to becoming professional and competent, the Playbook is indispensable."
Jim Weigel, chair, Adams County District 12 Schools, Colorado

"See what happens when real life problems hit the Policy Governance board’s agenda, and ponder the difference to traditional practice. I guarantee you will be amazed."
Caroline Oliver, chair, International Policy Governance Association

"While few writers succeed even in demonstrating a coherent governing theory, these two writers have succeeded in giving their readers the best there is in theory and practice."
Jan Maas, Maas Governance, Harmelen, The Netherlands

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Rehearsal Scenarios.

Foreword John Carver.



The Authors.


1. Board Rehearsal: Why?

2. Board Rehearsal: How?.


3. Rehearsal Scenarios: Board Interactions with the CEO or Staff.

4. Rehearsal Scenarios: Board Member Interactions with the CEO or Staff.

5. Rehearsal Scenarios: The Roles and Responsibilities of Board Members.

6. Rehearsal Scenarios: The Board s Job as a Team.


1. The Policy Governance Model.

2. Rehearsal Worksheet.

3. A Sample Board Policy Manual.

4. Further Reading.

How to Use the Accompanying CD–ROM.

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Miriam Mayhew Carver
Bill Charney
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