The Policy Governance Model of Board Governance: The Ends and Means of Strengthening Board Leadership

The Policy Governance Model of Board Governance: The Ends and Means of Strengthening Board Leadership

Programme Overview

To John Carver, the inventor of the Policy Governance Model, Policy Governance is a complete model for governance. It is a coherent framework of concept and principles that is internally consistent as well as powerful in dealing with whatever practical situations arise. It provides succinct steps and explanations of how the board should be governed. The Policy Governance Model is an empowering and fundamental redesign of the board’s role; it emphasises values, vision and empowerment of both board and employees, and the strategic ability to lead leaders. Under Policy Governance, a board crafts its values into policies of four types: Ends, Governance process, Board-Management delegation and Executive limitations.

Modern governance is not simply modern management practised by a board. Although the principles of management and governance are closely related, but governance is much more than management. John Carver suggested that the secret of modern governance lies in policy making, but policy-making of a finely crafted sort. So the Policy Governance model is a new approach to conceiving of the board’s important job, which are coded in 10 basic principles. To make the most of this powerful, highly principled and carefully crafted model, it is best to fully understand its internal wholeness first.

This highly interactive, compressed, intense and thought-provoking programme provides board members and aspiring board members with an alternative approach to board governance; The John Carver’s Policy Governance Model. The Policy Governance Model is a gold standard that stands on its own; designed for the fulfilment of board’s awesome accountability.

Participants will learn through our blended learning approach, including presentations, case studies, role plays and empirical and theoretical evidence on the Policy Governance Model. Participants will also learn significant advances in policy governance, the concept of owners in policy governance, how board speaks with one voice, the role of the board chairman as the board’s crucial servant leader (primus inter pares), the exalted role of owners (shareholders) in Policy Governance and Board-CEO linkage.

Programme Objective

To provide a robust, comprehensive and leading practice insights into the world of the John Carver’s Policy Governance Model of board governance. By the end of the programme each participant will be able to: 

   Define Policy Governance
   Appreciate the importance of Policy Governance and why a board would want to use Policy Governance
   Learn the values Policy Governance provides
   Explore what Policy Governance is and what it is not
   Study to learn and to understand the 10 basic Policy Governance Principles
   Gain insights into the value that Policy Governance board creates
   Understand the roles and responsibilities under Policy Governance and the Policy in Policy Governance
   Explore the four categories of policy under Policy Governance: Ends, Governance process, Board
   Management delegation and Executive limitations
   Appreciate board’s accountability to ownership
   Learn how a Policy Governance board evaluates its CEO and how it evaluates itself
   Create Policies under the four categories of Policy
   Learn how to hold effective meetings, plan meeting agenda and take minutes properly
   Examine monitoring policies in Policy Governance
   Learn the monitoring governance process
   Understand that the proper chairman is not boss, but first among equals as the board’s crucial servant leader, responsible to the board ensuring that it successfully governs
   Appreciate why boards need to be transparent with owners and with society and how transparency with owners and society is impeded when the board does not make its value explicit and available or allows the management of information or performance to be hidden
   Learn how Policy Governance has provided an alternative to “rethinking the very nature of the board job”


We are first a research company, and everything we do, be it training or consulting, is based on research we have conducted ourselves or those conducted by others. So, we do not just train on the basis of emotions. Our training programmes are based on strong theoretical and empirical findings. These findings allow us to provide our programmes’ participants up to date perspective on areas of interest.

In addition, we are locals and we understand the business environment. We have a good blend of both consulting and real-world day-to-day practical business experience in Nigeria. We have folded our sleeves before and we can fold it for you. Indeed, we are not just trainers and facilitators, we have a good understanding of how things are done in practice in Nigeria. We pride ourselves to be subject matter experts (SMEs) in the areas we train on. If we cannot provide contemporary insights and in-depth knowledge on a particular subject area, then we would say it from the outset.

Furthermore, we have developed our competencies in a lot of areas and we can be a one-stop shop for your organisation in terms of consulting, training and research (qualitative or quantitative) in the areas of leadership, governance, strategy, change management, risk management, compliance, AML/CFT (for financial institution), ethics, team functionality, emotional intelligence, legendary customer service, internal control and standard operating procedures (SOPs) development. We also go out of our way to adopt the best model for each training programme we offer and we are even ready to go “Down Under” (Australia) if that is where we will find the best model. Aut Optimum Aut Nihil; this Latin maxim is not just a philosophy to us, we live it.

Finally, we have few partner firms in South Africa that we can occasionally collaborate with in areas where we need additional capacity.

Why attend this programme?

This programme gives board members and aspiring board members the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge on the principles and tenets of the leading practice approach to governance called the Policy Governance Model.

With this programme, you will benefit from:

   Condensed, 4-day training on the Policy Governance Model of board governance
   Proven strategies for embedding the Policy Governance Model|
   Real-world examples and suggestions from John Carver himself and other thought-leaders in Policy Governance such as Miriam Carver, Janice Moore and Caroline Oliver
   Out-of-the-office focus on the Policy Governance Model of board governance – away from distractions, phone calls, meetings and other interruptions

Lagos, Nigeria
17 – 20 December, 2018

Fee (exclusive of tax)

(US$2,047.30 for foreign participants)