Question: I keep reading about managing boards and governing boards, but honestly I’m not sure that I could explain the difference. What is governance? What is a governing board?
Answer: A governing board is a board that controls the organization by policies instead of a steady stream of management decisions. Governance involves designing board structure and process, directing strategic priorities, delegating authority and responsibility and monitoring and measuring results.
A managing board of a restaurant would spend most of the time in the kitchen stirring the stew and discussing ways to make it taste even better. A governing board would hire a chef to do the cooking. The board itself would spend most of its time talking to the customers about their needs and wants and some time planning the future of their restaurant and some time giving direction about their clientele and their needs (but not management advice) to the chef. They would improve their service by checking with the customers, not by tasting the stew themselves. Read more