Monday, February 07, 2011

Policy Governance™

On Policy Governance™ via Carver's website,
Dissent is expressed during the discussion preceding a vote. Once taken, the board's decisions may subsequently be changed, but are never to be undermined. The board's expectations for itself also set out self-imposed rules regarding the delegation of authority to the staff and the method by which board-stated criteria will be used for evaluation. The board's expectations for itself also set out self-imposed rules regarding the delegation of authority to the staff and the method by which board-stated criteria will be used for evaluation. Policy Governance boards delegate with care. There is no confusion about who is responsible to the board or for what board expectations they are responsible. Double delegation (for example, to a board committee as well as to the CEO) is eliminated. Furthermore, boards that decide to utilize a CEO function are able to hold this one position exclusively accountable.
Which may work for corporate boards today but brings back creepy history for me. From Political Affairs, November 1946 on the struggle against Browderism.
The anti-Party elements also took advantage of unclarity of sections of our membership concerning Communist principles of organization and democratic centralism. Distorting the right and duty of every Party member to healthy, constructive discussion and criticism, as provided for by our Party constitution which is based on the principle of democratic centralism, they advanced the petty-bourgeois, anarchistic slogan of “freedom of criticism” to facilitate their propagation of views hostile to the Party.
UUA needs to get out front communicating exactly what this reorganization is all about. Party and anti-Party, this Side of Love, or that; all these Boolean Either/Ors no way to run a Free Party or a Free Church.

2 comments:

Robin Edgar said...

:There is no confusion about who is responsible to the board or for what board expectations they are responsible.

During the April 2010 UUA Board Of Trustees meeting there seemed to be considerable confusion about whether or not the UUA's very aptly named Ministerial Fellowship Committee is responsible to the UUA Board and what Board expectations the MFC is responsible for.

Far too much confusion for my taste. . .

Robin Edgar said...

Come to think of it Bill, you might want to attend a UUA Board Of Trustees meeting as an observer one day.

Then again. . . you might not.