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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.

About Boards

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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:

hl1 Lack of clarity  hl2 Confused roles  hl3 Internal preoccupation  hl4 Misguided perception

Governance Models

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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 co-founded AGI: Aspen Group International LLC in 1993. Prior to establishing the company, Linda had built a solid national reputation as a speaker, trainer, coach and facilitator.

Linda J. Dawson, Senior Partner

Linda co-founded AGI: Aspen Group International LLC in 1993. Prior to establishing the company, Linda had built a solid national reputation as a speaker, trainer, coach and facilitator.
Randy Quinn served as Executive Director of the Colorado Association of School Boards for 11 years. Prior to accepting that position, he held a similar position for 19 years with the Alabama Association of School Boards.

Dr. Randy Quinn, Senior Partner

Randy Quinn served as Executive Director of the Colorado Association of School Boards for 11 years. Prior to accepting that position, he held a similar position for 19 years with the Alabama Association of School Boards.

Books & Articles

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Effectively governing any organization requires board members both to clearly understand their roles and how to effectively deal with the human, interpersonal part of serving on a board. AGI Partners Linda J. Dawson and Dr. Randy Quinn have written two books and scores of articles to help boards and their members powerfully govern and lead with skill and integrity. Click below to link to our books, to access some of our most popular and reprinted published articles, and to read the work of other authors we recommend for your consideration.

News

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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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Contact Info

AGI Aspen Group International LLC
P.O. Box 3788 • Gulf Shores, AL 36547
(208) 247-6084
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Linda J. Dawson
(303) 478-0125

Dr. Randy Quinn
(303) 250-9000