Consultants and Practitioners in Policy Governance since 1997
Centerboard Associates was founded by Larry Hermen in 1996 as a firm providing guidance and direction to non-profits and community organizations in Michigan. Centerboard Governance represents one of the specialities that was developed in response to boards looking for a practical model of governing.This concentration developed as a natural quest by the owner, Larry Hermen, to meet the needs of boards and CEOs to clarify their roles while enhancing the real job of boards to create accountable governance.
Mr. Hermen's experience both as a CEO in community mental health organizations, and in board leadership positions in healthcare, continues to drive this focus.
Other specialty areas developed by Centerboard Associates include: strategic planning, consolidation and merger facilitation, and management consultation.
The practice of Policy Governance by non-profit and community boards throughout the world continues to be the single most respected model for organizations seeking excellence and accountability. CEOs who work for board that practice Policy Governance value its straightforward design and enabling culture in a board relationship.
For 20 years Larry Hermen has introduced this approach, facilitated its careful implementation, and coached the ongoing practice for dozens of boards of all sizes and structures. He is a graduate of the Policy Governance Academy (2001) and currently serves on the Lifecare Ambulance (Battle Creek, MI) board of directors.
Boards that have engaged Larry for model implementation receive a complete array of supporting services. This begins with board education on the principles of the model with examples, facilitation and modeling of policy creation skills during the “Policy Blitz Writing” session, and on-site or online coaching for the first four board meetings to support behavior change. Larry is then available at no cost for phone consultation to CEOs and Chairpersons for the following 12-months.
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Schools, healthcare organizations, faith-based organizations, YMCAs, national associations, and even small non-profits with a single employee.
Recent engagements include model implementation and coaching for the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP Washington D.C.), Community Action (Battle Creek, MI), and Child and Family Services of Southwest Michigan (Benton Harbor, MI). The NARP engagement was uniquely complex due to their representative structure that has a 120-member Council of Members electing a 14- member board of directors. Significant work prepared the board to plan for ongoing Linkage activities to assure improved communications, connections, and transparency.
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If your board is curious about the advantages possible with the practice of Policy Governance, contact Larry Hermen at 269.273.6308.
Policy Governance is a Service Mark of John Carver.