BOOKS: (in alphabetical order by title)

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Reinventing Your Board: A Step-By-Step Guide to Implementing Policy Governance. Co-authored with Miriam Carver. (Jossey-Bass, 1997; revised edition, 2006). By John Carver and Miriam Carver.

The Board Member's Playbook: Using Policy Governance to Solve Problems, Make Decisions, and Build a Stronger Board. By Miriam Carver and Bill Charney. (Jossey-Bass, January 2004). The Policy Governance Model and the Role of the Board Member

  • Ends and the Ownership
  • The Governance of Financial Management
  • Adjacent Leadership Roles: CGO and CEO
  • Evaluating CEO and Board Performance
  • Implementing Policy Governance and Staying on Track

Boards That Make a Difference: A New Design for Leadership in Nonprofit and Public Organizations (Jossey-Bass, 1990; 2nd edition, 1997; 3rd edition, 2006). By John Carver.

Carver Policy Governance Guide series (Jossey-Bass, 2009) by John Carver and Miriam Carver.

Corporate Boards That Create Value: Governing Company Performance from the Boardroom (Jossey-Bass, July, 2002). By John Carver and Caroline Oliver.

Getting Started with Policy Governance: Bringing Purpose, Integrity, and Efficiency to Your Board. By Caroline Oliver (Jossey-Bass, 2009).

John Carver on Board Leadership: Selected Writings From the Creator of the World's Most Provocative and Systematic Governance Model (Jossey-Bass, 2001). By John Carver.

The Policy Governance Fieldbook: Practical Lessons, Tips, and Tools from the Experience of Real-World Boards  Caroline Oliver (ed.), Mike Conduff, Susan Edsall, Carol Gabanna, Randee Loucks, Denise Paszkiewicz, Catherine Raso, and Linda Stier. (Jossey-Bass, 1999).



The following books and resources are available via author's website (see listed)

Meaningful Monitoring is crucial in the implementation of Policy Governance. A REALBoard Toolkit.

Real Board ToolKits from Jannice Moore and Associates Ltd.

  • Meaningful Monitoring. 
  • Board Self-Evaluation
  • Connect! A Guide To Ownership Linkage
  • Future-Focused Agendas

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School Board Leadership 2000: The Things Staff Didn't Tell You At Orientation. By Gene Royer (1996). Gene Royer, participant in the Policy Governance Academy, melds his knowledge of Policy Governance with his own fertile sense of humor into an entertaining and model-consistent treatise on school governance. Foreword by John Carver.

Governance for Health System Trustees. By Jannice Moore. Ottawa: Canadian Healthcare Association Press, 2004.

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The On Target Board Member: 8 Indisputable Behaviors. By Mike Conduff, Carol Gabanna, Catherine Raso. Denton, Tex.: Elim Group Publishing, 2007. 

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Verantwoord besturen: By Jan Maas & Helmie van Ravestein, 2006.

This book is the first comprehensive description of the Policy Governance model in Dutch: its theory, methods, and instruments; and what it has to offer to Dutch board structures and governance issues. Foreword by John Carver.

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Policy Governance tools can be fun! Improve your mastery of Policy Governance in a new way.

PGIQ™ Board Game

Reinforce your understanding of Policy Governance principles and their application with a stimulating "jeopardy" style game.

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 Behavior Scenarios

Can you recognize model-consistent behaviors? Test your knowledge with these 10 scenarios. Test your board's knowledge!
View the answers here.

Also available in Dutch: Voorbeelen uit de Praktijk

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