The following links to the Board Work Guides are available to help boards improve their ability
to govern. They offer suggestions and unique approaches to Policy
GovernanceŽ. Use this page to download any or all of them. They will
be downloaded in a WinZip file, containing a Microsoft Word 2002 document. They are short, pithy, and
To download each Board Work Guide, click on the title of each Guide.
Download times may vary depending
on connection speeds. If you are unable to download the guides, they may also be received as an email
attachment by requesting them at
This Board Guide
defines two different approaches to a board's role in the fiscal aspects
of the organization. In addition, it provides an introduction and
structure for boards to assess and design their approach to fiscal
provides suggestions about how to get ready for a Policy Governance
board meeting. It discusses general guidelines, consent agendas,
limitation monitoring reports, and major topics of discussion.
The Quick Board Assessment is a shortened version of the
Board Excellence Assessment. The Essential Board Assessment develops
the six major
assessment categories and the resulting focus questions. It is
designed for Boards that would like to identify areas for improvement.
This Guide book
challenges the principle of writing all limitation policies in the
negative. It provides a rationale for how to write policies in the
affirmative or positive.
organizational performance, Ends may need more definition than what Policy
GovernanceŽ has given them. This guide provides a enhanced way to
Good monitoring starts
with good policies. However the board needs to be clear about the
information that it is seeking. In addition to help on linking Ends
and Limitation policies to monitoring, this guide provides a monitoring
flow chart and several monitoring examples.
The Board has two
dialogues which it has to manage. One is with the Executive and the
other is among the Board members. This guide outlines ways for the
Board to better manage these dialogues.
The board's real job is
more than writing policies. It is about how it approaches all of its
responsibilities. Learn what is most important for a board to
establish effective governance.
Approval of budgets is
often a hot topic for boards that have adopted Policy GovernanceŽ.
Here are some strategies to address the issue.
One of the most
difficult things is to change behavior, especially for a group of people.
Boards need an effective way to do things differently. This guide
provides a method to establish a new approach organizing the board's
tends to produce a number of Know-It-Alls, who often don't quite
Know-it-all, because it is not widely understood. The Know-It-All,
often in trying to be helpful works against the model of Policy
GovernanceŽ. This guide identifies the common mistakes that are made
and what to do about them.
almost always improve performance. This guide describes how to
create a board observer position as a technique for boards to become
better at Policy GovernanceŽ.
Often with the
structure that Policy GovernanceŽ provides, board members are unclear
about that which they can discuss and how they should go about it.
This guide provides strategies for individual board members to raise their
ideas and concerns.
At some time, every
Policy GovernanceŽ board will end up debating what is and isn't Policy
GovernanceŽ. This guide discusses a simple way to define the
Lynn A. Walker, Ph.D.
Boundary Management Consulting
12411 McKelvey Road
St. Louis MO 63146