CGO and CEO
The Carver Policy Governance Guide series
booklets that offer board members a description of John Carver's
Policy Governance model of board leadership. Policy Governance
enables a board to fulfill its accountability to its organization's
"owners," whether the owners are association members, city
residents, company shareholders, or a community of interest. Policy
Governance addresses the board's engagement in financial,
programmatic, and personnel matters; roles of officers and
committees; reporting and evaluation; agendas; and other aspects of
the board job.
For boards pursuing, or wanting to pursue, the Policy Governance
model, Adjacent Leadership Roles: CGO and CEO examines the
leadership roles needed in the boardroom and the executive suite.
This guide reveals the two important and separate functions that
are key to enabling both governance and management to have the
benefit of optimal leadership.
The Policy Governance model is based on the functions rather
than the structure of a governing board. It outlines commonsense
principles about governing that fit together into an entire system.
The practices of the Policy Governance board, which are consistent
with the principles, allow it to control without meddling, focus on
long-term organizational outputs, powerfully delegate to a CEO and
staff, and discharge its fiduciary responsibility in a visionary,
strategic manner. Because the model is a total system, the Carver
Policy Governance Guide series offers boards a complete set of
principles for fulfilling their various obligations.