What is Policy Governance® ?
Developed by an American psychologist Dr John Carver, Policy Governance is a system for governing boards of all types and sizes. Developed in the 1970’s, it has stood the test of time being largely unchanged despite being ‘road tested’ by thousands of organisations worldwide. The credibility of Policy Governance® has recently received a significant boost as it largely underpins the new British Standard.
It enables the board to focus on the larger issues, to delegate with clarity, to control management’s job without meddling, to rigorously evaluate the accomplishment of the organization; to truly lead its organization. The clarity of roles from adopting this approach assists with long-term vision as board members focus on strategic leadership rather than administrative detail. It helps communication between board and management, and it empowers the jobs of individual executive, while also providing leadership and reducing non-board related activities.
Individuals are equipped with insight and with practical information into their direction and roles, with a proven model to guide decision-making. The board works strategically, with the ability to work proactively by setting agendas in advance, while having monitoring in place for the CEO to get on and do their job.
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