North America’s premier governance consultants for public and non-profit boards.
Specializing in Coherent Governance®, AGI’s own governance design.
You make the choice for good governance; we’ll make it happen.
Why AGI? We believe boards can and should: establish and measure outcomes • hold organizations and their CEOs fully accountable for decisions • advocate for the organizations they serve • lead powerfully as a values-driven and unified team • perform transparently in a user-friendly policy environment.
Coherent Governance® Implementation Protocol
Once your board decides to build a new future for itself, how does it make that happen? What does the implementation process look like?
Continued Governance Coaching
Your board has already made the decision to do its work differently, but now real life has set in, and it has proven more challenging than you expected. Where to turn for help? Try us. We’ve been there.Learn More
Boards usually fail because their “governing system” – or lack of it – has predetermined failure built-in. Most boards have no defined system of doing work. They do what they do because they have always done it. Little forethought has been given to what the board really is all about, what its job is and how it should do it. It is no wonder that so many boards struggle with role definition and true purpose in the challenge to lead complex organizations.
We see these recurring, performance-limiting frustrations that prevent coherent governance:
Lack of clarity Confused roles Internal preoccupation Misguided perception
Models are just that: models. They provide a framework for the board to do its work, and to express clear expectations for organizational performance. Consultants and writers sometimes refer to a “traditional” governing model. Traditional governance most often isn’t a model at all, but rather the absence of a model. Governance, for most boards, is nothing more than a cobbled-together mix of state or federally mandated policies, procedures and practices based on tradition.
In our experience, there are only two true governing models: our own Coherent Governance®, and John Carver’s Policy Governance®.
Who is AGI?
We are two seasoned professionals who believe boards must perform well in order to serve their owners and their organizations and not be a time and energy-draining impediment.
We have dedicated our careers to coaching board members to govern well while concurrently coaching staff for role clarity and accountability.
Linda J. Dawson, Senior Partner
Bill Van Atta, Associate
Vicki Hawarden, Governance Associate
Dr. Randy Quinn, Senior Partner
Deborah Hendrix, Associate
Books & Articles
AGI and our clients are on the forefront of the movement toward good governance that produces excellent organizational results. News is being made.
New opportunities for exploring, sharing and adopting the practice of good governance are being offered on a continuing basis. Intrigued?
Click below to see what’s new in this exciting and dynamic environment. An added bonus: an opportunity to share your comments about several of our published books and articles.
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