Caroline Oliver, international governance consultant who specialises in the application of John Carver’s Policy Governance approach, has published her latest short article titled ‘What Difference Does a Board Make?’
According to Caroline, “Almost every board member I have ever met wants to know – what difference are we making? Sitting around a board table far from the everyday action, it is hard to know. And, the more frantic the pace of action on the ground, the harder it is for a board to feel that it is doing more than following along in their employees’ wake trying to make useful suggestions and ask relevant questions.”
“When board members wonder about the difference they are making” says Caroline, “they tend to think in terms of organisational performance. That is they tend to think that if they are doing a good job the result will be seen in terms of organisational performance. Frankly, I am not so sure………..boards do make a difference but that difference does not necessarily show up at any given moment as organisational performance.”
Do you agree with Caroline’s assertion?
Read her full article at www.goodtogovern.com