Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards
A new framework for helping nonprofit organizations maximize the effectiveness of their boards.
Written by noted consultants and researchers attuned to the needs of practitioners, Governance as Leadership redefines nonprofit governance. It provides a powerful framework for a new covenant between trustees and executives: more macrogovernance in exchange for less micromanagement.
Informed by theories that have transformed the practice of organizational leadership, this book sheds new light on the traditional fiduciary and strategic work of the board and introduces a critical third dimension of effective trusteeship: generative governance. It serves boards as both a resource of fresh approaches to familiar territory and a lucid guide to important new territory, and provides a road map that leads nonprofit trustees and executives to governance as leadership.
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Governance as Leadership
By Eva Booker - September 6, 2005
I found this book to be a breath of fresh air. It offers a new way of looking at nonprofit boards, in a relatively short, easy to read manner. There is a wealth of information designed to help nonprofit boards of directors become more effective. Unfortunately, existing approaches have been less than successful with most boards. This book identifies the problem as one of purpose rather than performance.
The book identifies three modes that boards of directors can operate in: the traditional fiduciary mode, the strategic mode and the generative mode. The authors emphasize the importance of encouraging board members to engage in generative thinking. Engaging board members in this way makes their work more meaningful and satisfying, while at the same time benefiting the organization through more creative, committed leadership. It suggests signs to look for to identify opportunities for generative thinking.
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A nice frame for viewing board activities and impact
By Paul K. "Concerned Citizen" - June 14, 2009
An interesting and easy read about governance. Sometimes the language used is grand, but don't let that get in your way. At the end of the day these are people who have seen many challenges of not-for-profit orgs.
This book is particularly interesting if you find yourself on a highly tactical board, wondering "What impact am I actually having?" The authors very nicely lay out and distinguish three types of activities, which I might call "tactical," "governance," and "big picture strategy." For the third one there is more to it; read the book for more.
This book helped encourage me to shift my activities to a more strategic level, where my efforts as a board member make more of a difference. It's a great investigation into the question "What are we here to do?"
Governance as Leadership
By Alice Herschel ""Blur"" - July 3, 2008
Sounds,looks and feels like a stuffy book. But wait, it reads like a spy novel; it is filled with current scenarios, practical insight, new ideas and wisdom to help your board service be a fulfilling use of your time. If you are a board member or work with volunteer boards, this is worth a read.
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