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CarverGuide, Your Roles and Responsibilities as a Board Member [Paperback]

John Carver , Miriam Carver
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June 4 1996 0787902977 978-0787902971 2
Shows how board members must be successful strategic leaders, willing to cherish diversity, strive for accountability, and pinpoint board positions, for the good of the organization. Describes the essentials of the board member's job, and relates the job to Carver's Policy Governance model.

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In this Carver Guide, the authors show how board members can be successful strategic leaders, willing to cherish diversity, strive for accountability, and pinpoint board positions, for the good of the organization. Your Roles and Responsibilities as a Board Member describes the essentials of the board member's job, and relates the job to Carver's Policy Governance model—which makes it possible to craft plans that define the essential areas of board job performance.Your Roles and Responsibilities as a Board Member shows how to:
  • Decide when a board meeting should be hands-on and when to be hands-off
  • Represent the broad ownership of the organization, not a single consituency
  • Honor divergent opinions without being intimidated by them
  • Use every board member's special expertise to help other members get a broader understanding of the issues
  • Train yourselv to examine, question, and define the big picture
  • Focus your energies on making a difference in the larger world rather than on managing your staff
  • Tolerate issues that cannot be quickly settled

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In this Carver Guide, the authors show how board members can be successful strategic leaders, willing to cherish diversity, strive for accountability, and pinpoint board positions, for the good of the organization. Your Roles and Responsibilities as a Board Member describes the essentials of the board member's job, and relates the job to Carver's Policy Governance model—which makes it possible to craft plans that define the essential areas of board job performance.
Your Roles and Responsibilities as a Board Member shows how to:
  • Decide when a board meeting should be hands-on and when to be hands-off
  • Represent the broad ownership of the organization, not a single consituency
  • Honor divergent opinions without being intimidated by them
  • Use every board member's special expertise to help other members get a broader understanding of the issues
  • Train yourselv to examine, question, and define the big picture
  • Focus your energies on making a difference in the larger world rather than on managing your staff
  • Tolerate issues that cannot be quickly settled

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good hand-out for new board members July 9 2010
Format:Paperback
TO CEO's , Chairs and Policy committee/board development committee's:

This is a very good summary instruction list of 18 principles to live by for new board (and old) board members.
At a dollar a page (its very thin) it is expensive. But if it make your board operations harmonious and productive - it's well worth it.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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If you or your board uses Policy Governance and need to understand your job quickly, then read this book. Policy governance is difficult for many board members to grasp, but this handy text brings it home fast. It's more brief, better written and to the point than Carver's 240 page "Boards That Make a Difference." Yet it is only an overview, so don't count on it making you an expert.
I like the basic job description section; it gets to the real job of boards and helps you see the danger of activities--being busy is not always best. However the content is a bit insubstantial, so that you will need to find your own applications of the three "board products. Carver offers 18 useful bullets to the job of board member.
I find this booklet essential for all board member orientations. I would highly recommend this (and the other 11 booklets in the series) to all board members.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Your Roles and Responsibilities As a Board Member (Carvergui April 10 2000
By Darryl H Alder - Published on Amazon.com
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If you or your board uses Policy Governance and need to understand your job quickly, then read this book. Policy governance is difficult for many board members to grasp, but this handy text brings it home fast. It's more brief, better written and to the point than Carver's 240 page "Boards That Make a Difference." Yet it is only an overview, so don't count on it making you an expert.
I like the basic job description section; it gets to the real job of boards and helps you see the danger of activities--being busy is not always best. However the content is a bit insubstantial, so that you will need to find your own applications of the three "board products. Carver offers 18 useful bullets to the job of board member.
I find this booklet essential for all board member orientations. I would highly recommend this (and the other 11 booklets in the series) to all board members.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Board Member's Guide Jan. 19 2007
By John Turner - Published on Amazon.com
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The content of this "book" is fine but it should be advertised for what it is; a pamphlet. I expected a "book" (more than 17 pages.) I cannot quibble with the scope but it is very cursory. No depth to the content. I would liken it to an outline or a brochure; definitely not a "book." Actually I felt a bit "ripped off."
5.0 out of 5 stars 30 Year Career as CEO Training My Board of Directors April 29 2013
By James R. Ragland - Published on Amazon.com
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I just completed a 30 year Career as a CEO (City Manager). When I read John Carvers first book "Boards That Make a Differnce", I knew that I had to meet this man in person. In the City Manager business your board members often times come to you after running a political campaign against some one that may have already been one of your board members. There are only two requirements to run for a Mayor of City Council elected position, your age and you must live within the city for a certain period of time before you can run for office. Besides their conflicting political points of view most elected officials have very limited experience when they come to office, and find themselves responsible for governing a muli-million dollar corporation with as much diversification as a city government. Providing long term leadership for one corporation is challenging enough, but a City is like trying to manage a mulitude of very different companies all under on umbrella. The majority of board members do not have any experience much less understand what their actual "roles and responsiblities are as a new Board member". Your role as a City Manager whether you like it or not is to continually train your Board of Directors and do what ever you can to get them to make good quality decisions as a group despite their differnce in politics. I have used the "CarverGuides" for years to help my board members learn what their roles and responsibilies are. I was a member in the State Of Texas to the Texas Municiple League (TML), an association that was responsible for training Mayors and Councilmen, City Managers, and all of the heads of all of the departments within a city. We were also a stong lobbying group promoting positive legislation and defending against poor legislation. We put together Special two or three day confernces, and an annual conference to provide up to date, and state-of-the-art training, to all of our members. After meeting John I got TML to put together a 3 day Executive Level Conference for all of he Elected Officals and all of the City Mangers in the State of Texas. He was received so well that there was a demand placed on having him come back for the next few years. He is not only a good writer he is also an excellent speaker and trainer. He tells it like it is and does not pull any punches. I not only highly recommend his books but the use of his series of CarverGuides. They made my job of training my bosses a lot easier than it would have been without his materials.
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