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Two new books co-authored by Aspen Group Senior partners Linda J. Dawson and Randy Quinn have been released. "Good Governance is a Choice" is a detailed presentation of The Aspen Group's own Coherent Governance® model, and is both an introduction to the model for boards interested in exploring Coherent Governance principles and a continuing reference guide for boards using the model.

The second book,"Boards That Matter," is a step-by-step guide for implementing both Coherent Governance® and Policy Governance®. For boards that have adopted either model, it is a no-nonsense recipe for translating theory into practice.

Both books are published by Rowman and Littlefield Publishers. Copies may be ordered directly from the publisher (rowman.com/RLEducation) or from your favorite book store.
Choosing to govern well: You make the choice, and we'll make it happen!

Based upon our combined 60-plus years of experience working with boards, we believe that, with few exceptions, board members begin their work with the best of intentions. They want to add value to the organization the board leads. But we observe repeatedly that when those same members conclude their service, they leave disappointed at the scant difference they were able to make.

What goes wrong?

The real problem predated the members' joining the board. Those enthusiastic volunteers became members of an organization whose governing structure—or the lack of it—was so inadequate that the board never had a chance to make any real, lasting difference. Those members' disappointment was internalized, quite naturally, but it should have been recognized for what it was: systemic deficiency that blocked any likelihood that the board could provide any meaningful leadership for the organization.

Our work has taken us to most of the 50 states and to three continents as we have consulted with hundreds of those boards. During the past 15 years, our work has centered on Policy Governance®, the model created by John Carver, and more recently on our own variation of that model, Coherent Governance®.

The evolution to Coherent Governance has created the means for boards to govern at a level of excellence unprecedented in our experience. We believe Coherent Governance to be the most viable "operating system" available today for boards committed to lead the organizations they serve.


If boards are to succeed in the challenge to add value to the organizations for which they are responsible, they must find the way to become simultaneously more active, but less intrusive. They must make a conscious choice to create a system that enables the board to exercise the same quality of leadership and governance performance the board expects from the operational organization.

We know how to help them do that.

Aspen Bulletin Board

Reinventing/Wisdom Sharing 2014

AGI's June 18 "Reinventing Your Board" and June 19-20 "Wisdom Sharing" Conferences now are history, and participant ratings indicate that both hit their marks for quality training and extraordinary sharing opportunities among Coherent Governance participants. A total of 32 conference registrants from throughout the US and Canada were eager to both learn and share successes and frustrations they have encountered along their journey toward governing excellence .

This year's Wisdom Sharing event featured some new twists, including a session led by Dr. David Lee, Associate Professor of Education Leadership at the University of Southern Mississippi, who shared the results of his study linking poor school board performance with poor student performance. His down-home style, combined with an overview of his stunning study results, was a conference highlight. Another well-received session wan Bob Palmer's presentation on parliamentary procedure and how boards can use it to run quality meetings. Participants Naomi Johnson, retired Chief Superintendent in Calgary, Canada, and Dr. Andre spencer, Superintendent in Harrison, CO, led a conversation about how they see the shifting future of public education and how school boards must be prepared to lead meaningful change.

The 2014 edition again was held at the Westin Mission Hills Resort and Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA, which has been the site for the past several years. Although the location is beautiful and the hotel a quality venue, plans are being made to shift the location of the event to an East Coast destination in 2015. More details about the location will be released within the next few weeks.

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