Bill Charney and Miriam Carver co-authored this groundbreaking resource – the first “play-book” for effective board decision-making.

The Board Member’s Playbook features a worksheet that guides any board or board member through the process of using policies (either samples providing in the book, or their own board policies based on Policy Governance principles) to solve virtually any problem or board challenge.

With introductory chapters that introduce the notion of “boards as teams” and the role of “rehearsal” in enhancing virtually any team’s performance, as well as an overview of the Policy Governance model, the Playbook demonstrates how a “systems-based” approach to good governance is not just theoretical – it’s practical!

The primary tool provided in the Playbook is the “Rehearsal Worksheet,” laying a concise sequence of four questions, starting with “What has the board already said in its relevant policies?”   When these questions are answered vis-a-vis any given scenario (i.e. hypothetical or actual question/dilemma that comes to the Board or a Board member), boards invariably find they are able to resolve the scenario based on previously stated board values and expectations.

The book provides 50 scenario examples, accompanied by blank worksheets, as well as worksheets completed by Bill Charney and Miriam Carver (referencing the sample governing policies in the Playbook).

Scenarios included are each illustrations of sample challenges that arise pertaining to:

  • Board interactions with the CEO or staff
  • Board member interactions with the CEO or staff
  • The roles and responsibilities of board members
  • The board’s job as a team

Resources include:

  • Policy Governance model overview
  • Blank Rehearsal Worksheet
  • Sample Policy Manual, including sample Ends policies from six different industry sectors
  • Interactive web-link
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“For me, the value in this book lies in its very concrete, step-by-step counsel to boards about how to capitalize on the idea of practice. The prescriptions Miriam and Bill so logically lay out are consistent with and built firmly on good theory, to be sure, and that is why the practical part is so, well—practical.”
John Carver
“See what happens when real life problems hit the Policy Governance board’s agenda, and ponder the difference to traditional practice. I guarantee you will be amazed.”
Caroline Oliver, CEO, International Policy Governance Association