Improving skills in Policy Governance

What is it?

Simply put, it is any system of self monitoring that helps the board stay on track with its policies and get better over time.

The Board must act as a single entity. To achieve this, the board members must learn to think together. This requires group responsibility.

Board Self Assessment (Evaluation)

What is it?

Simply put, it is any system of self monitoring that helps the board stay on track with its policies and get better over time. There are a number of different methods, all of which can work, ranging from very formal to very informal. Basically the board defines a process that will let it regularly check to make sure that it is following its own policies (Governance Process and Board/President Linkage).

Figuring out how and what to talk to your owners about is not intuitive. Policy Governance asks you to be purposeful in that connection, seeking perspectives, identifying missing voices and gathering unknown values for policy development.

An undisciplined board undermines the accountability of the CEO. Not following your policies is an issue of organizational integrity. How can you expect the CEO to follow policy if the Board doesn't?

On occasion we get a cold call from a board that is following Policy Governance (note to self; following is not usually the same as using or practicing!) but feels that it has lost its way.

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