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Strategic Planning with Policy Governance®: The Board's Role by Eric Craymer


When an organization begins to practice Policy Governance® it has to learn new ways fulfilling its role. The principles, structure, and processes combine to make Policy Governance a complete and integrated system with a much higher impact on organizational mission.

Policy Governance® Defined By Dr. John Carver, PhD.

From John Carver's (Carver Governance Design) Website ( circa 1999

Leading through Policy with the Policy Governance® Model

(Using the Policy Governance Model as developed by Dr. John Carver)
by Eric Craymer

Policy Governance is a registered service mark of John and Miriam Carver, whose website can be found at

Leadership in Policy Governance

What is the board's role? Some say that it is to watch after management. How can the board lead if it is watching "after"? This indicates that the board lets the manager act first, and then corrects the manager if he or she makes a mistake. This is not leadership.

Comparing Policy Governance against traditional governance applications.

Maximizing Board Effectiveness

(Published in "MNALink" by Michigan Non-profit Association, March 2003)
By Eric Craymer

Maximizing nonprofit boards' effectiveness is important for two reasons. First, the missions of non-profits are important to the world. Second, volunteer leaders provide a valuable resource that should not be squandered.

Policy Governance is a trademarked governance model designed for Boards of Directors that provides a clear differentiation between governance and management responsibilities in organizations. The model was developed by John Carver.

Board Concerns and Worries - Letting Go of the Wheel By Eric Craymer and Susan Stratton

The Board has full accountability to the owners for every outcome that occurs in the organization. At the same time it can not expect to actually do the work of the organization so it usually hires a CEO and delegates most of the authority for 'getting it done' to that position.

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