Search results for: Policy Governance



2nd Mar, 2015

Policy Governance Quick Guide

By |2020-01-29T16:49:08-05:00March 2nd, 2015|

Policy Governance is an operating system for boards of directors. As with operating systems for computers, the system itself is not the point of the board’s work; the system simply provides an underlying framework on which boards can build further agreements and activities. Policy Governance does not mandate specific decisions, but does highlight the kinds of decisions a board should make. These decisions include [...]

7th Nov, 2011

Policy Governance Implementation

By |2021-06-04T19:58:26-04:00November 7th, 2011|

This Field Guide outlines the basic steps, timeline, and critical factors for successful implementation of Policy Governance (sometimes referred to herein as “PG”). When implementing Policy Governance, it is important to move forward relatively quickly in order to not lose momentum, while taking enough time to make thoughtful and informed decisions.   Main Steps for Implementing Policy Governance Investigate – Learn about Policy Governance [...]

7th Sep, 1999

Management Evaluation Under Policy Governance

By |2019-09-10T20:33:16-04:00September 7th, 1999|

By Marilyn Scholl 084 September - October - 1999 The relationship between the board and the general manager is probably the most important relationship in a co-op. To be successful, a cooperative needs a strong manager AND a strong board AND a strong, effective relationship between the two. In 22 years of working for and with food co-ops, I have seen too many examples [...]

4th Sep, 1998

Using Policy Governance to Improve Board Leadership

By |2019-09-09T22:29:09-04:00September 4th, 1998|

By Marilyn Scholl 078 September - October - 1998 Food cooperatives around the country are talking about Policy Governance -- a system of board leadership developed by John Carver. While people are drawn to the simple logic behind Policy Governance, it is quite different from previous board experiences. Governance is an important job and should be done well. As the Food Front Cooperative board [...]

18th Oct, 2016

Policy Register Template Users’ Guide

By |2021-08-20T19:49:04-04:00October 18th, 2016|

Co-op boards that use Policy Governance® write policies as a way to codify their agreements for how they will work together, how they will delegate responsibility to management, and what authority they will then actually delegate. Our CBLD team of consultants created this set of template policies based on what we saw does or doesn’t work for most food co-op boards, and we periodically [...]

2nd Feb, 2014

New Resource: Updated Policy Template—a Tool to Revise or Establish New Board Policies

By |2019-09-10T01:14:43-04:00February 2nd, 2014|

Many food co-op boards have found the CBLD Policy Template to be an invaluable resource. Some use the whole template as a beginning place for their own first set of policies, some refer to individual policies within the template as they work to revise an existing policy, and some look to the template as a guide to whether or not their board is following [...]

2nd Aug, 2012

Great Idea: Startup Policy Templates Easily Set Up New Boards

By |2019-09-09T21:36:52-04:00August 2nd, 2012|

For many years, startups looking for an organizational structure had to adapt governance policies from existing co-ops. It certainly helped, but wasn’t efficient to have to translate the differences between an established board and one that was just beginning. Now startups have policy templates that are geared to address the needs of groups in Stages 1 and 2 of the Four Cornerstones in Three [...]

30th Jul, 2021

Monitoring Reports: Definitions of the important components

By |2021-11-12T19:51:24-05:00July 30th, 2021|

Within the Policy Governance® model, a board delegates authority to the executive (General Manager, CEO, Executive Director, etc) through written policies. The executive then uses written reports to demonstrate accountability for the use of that authority. These monitoring reports are an important and primary component of the board’s evaluation of the executive; knowing what to include and what to look for can help the [...]

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