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Reinventing Your Board: A Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing Policy Governance, Revised Edition

Reinventing Your Board: A Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing Policy Governance, Revised Edition

John Carver, Miriam Mayhew Carver

ISBN: 978-1-118-04698-2

Jan 2011, Jossey-Bass

336 pages



In the second edition of this best-selling Policy Governance operating manual, John Carver and Miriam Carver make this exciting approach to effective governance even more accessible and user-friendly, gleaning lessons learned in years of practice to help readers understand and use this invaluable model.

Carver’s groundbreaking Policy Governance model is the best-known, respected, and talked about governance model in the world and has fundamentally influenced the way organizations are governed. Reinventing Your Board, second edition, is a hands-on, step-by-step guide that puts the model to work in the meeting-to-meeting lives of board members. It includes new policy samples and a new chapter on monitoring performance, as well as other practical “put-the-model-in-motion” advice. This popular and highly successful companion to Boards That Make a Difference contains the nuts-and-bolts materials needed for implementing Policy Governance. The authors illustrate effective board decision making, show how to craft useful policies, and offer practical advice on such matters as setting the agenda, monitoring CEO performance, defining the board role, and more. Step-by-step instructions and sample policies make this a must-have resource for boards in the public and nonprofit sectors aiming to govern their organizations with excellence.


Figures and Exhibits.

Preface to the Second Edition.



The Authors.


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.


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.


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.


EXCELLENT TRACK RECORD—The first edition has sold  over 24,000 copies and continues to sell strongly

COMPANION TO BESTSELLING BOARDS THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE—This book is the follow up to the bestselling boards book and the new edition of BTMAD will draw interest in Reinventing.

THE CARVER NAME—Carver’s name just keeps gaining stature.  He is acknowledged as the leading authority in governance

INCREASING INTEREST IN TOPIC—Board Accountability is a hot issue right now.  All nonprofits are paying special attention to governance.