John Carver’s Policy Governance® model is the world’s only complete, universal theory of governance—a conceptually coherent paradigm of principles and concepts (not of structure). The model enables the Frisco City Council—as "servant-leaders" of the public, (or other "ownership" equivalent)—to ensure that organizations achieve Council-stated goals and conduct themselves with probity.

Because it is a complete theory, it informs City Council planning, mission, committee work, agenda control, budgeting, reporting, City Manager evaluation, management relationships, fiduciary responsibility, and all other aspects of the City Council’s job.

Because it is universally applicable, it works for organizations that are new or mature, large or small, and troubled or successful.

Because it is carefully crafted, it enables an efficient summing of Council wisdom capable of adequate control without micromanagement.