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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.

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3 Great Conferences in 3 Days

June 18: “Reinventing Your School Board”
Especially for board members and senior administrators who want
to explore Coherent Governance® as a means for creating new
levels of governance performance

June 18: “Making it all Happen
Intensive exchange of ideas and discussion of successful practices
for staff who support the work of the board in the Coherent
Governance environment

June 19-20: “Wisdom Sharing Conference”
For boards and senior administrators in the practice of Coherent
Governance. An unprecedented opportunity to share and learn
from others on this same journey toward governance excellence.

All sessions at the beautiful Westin Mission Hills Resort and Spa, Rancho Mirage, CA (Palm Springs). Take advantage of off-season rates to refine your governance skills and refresh your mind and body. For hotel rooms at Aspen’s special rate of $119 per night, call the hotel directly before May 18 at 760-328-5955, ask for “Aspen Group Wisdom Sharing” rate. www.westinmissionhills.com


Registration fees:
“Reinventing Your School Board”: $300
“Making it all Happen”: $300
“Wisdom Sharing”: $500
Attend Wisdom Sharing and one other conference for reduced fee of $650

Click here for registration forms and housing information.

For additional information and registration information, contact Linda Dawson
(303-478-0125) or Randy Quinn (303-250-9000), or either at aspen@aspengroup.org

Join us at NSBA in New Orleans on Friday, April 4, 9:00 - 12 noon: 
Reinventing Your School Board from The Ground Up: Exploring Coherent Governance®, a State of the Art Operating System for Boards Willing to Change. Access NSBA web site for registration information.


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A Leadership Development Company
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email: aspen@aspengroup.org

Linda J. Dawson, Senior Partner | Dr. Randy Quinn, Senior Partner
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