Policy Governance® (PG) is a set of ten integrated principles that represent an “operating system,” enabling strategic leadership by governing boards. Initially presented in Dr. John Carver’s best-selling book, Boards That Make a Difference, PG is widely acclaimed as the highest standard of excellence in board leadership, and has influenced governance practice all over the world. Adoption of these principles helps governing boards lead, direct, inspire and control organizations through a succinct set of policy statements.
The PG approach was viewed as revolutionary when it started garnering wide attention in the late 1990s. Its influence is greatly felt today in currently recognized “best practices” and, in the U.S.’s governance-related revisions to the IRS Form 990.
While also providing clients with many other governance services, Bill Charney has earned an international reputation as one of the most effective consultants to help boards understand and benefit from governance structures and policies consistent with the PG principles. Charney Associates founder Bill Charney co-authored, with Miriam Carver, The Board Member’s Playbook: Using Policy Governance to Solve Problems, Make Decisions and Build a Stronger Board.
Boards using this framework recognize their role as “owner representatives” on behalf of some public (governmental and nonprofit boards), membership (associations) or shareholders (corporate boards). In exercising trusteeship, boards emphasize meeting the needs of “owners” by succinctly stating their values about results to be achieved, and acceptable methods and practices to be utilized.