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Innovation/Change Management

The Canadian Society of Association Executives Updates Its Business Model: Part One

March 10, 2016 0 Comments

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About Nonprofit Business Models – A New Series of Podcasts

February 26, 2016 0 Comments

A local nonprofit serving adults and children with learning disabilities launches a number of business ventures (known as “social enterprises”) to generate earned income – in response to cutbacks in government funding. A national association re-structures an elaborate system of …

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Cultivating the Art of Serendipity

January 12, 2016 0 Comments

Business meetingThe CEO of an aging services nonprofit I was working with around four years ago established a task force consisting of nine executives and senior managers to come up with a comprehensive strategy for strengthening management of the organization’s relationships …

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Beware Of Planning Yourself Into a Box

November 13, 2015 0 Comments

Business meetingHow did I get into the business of helping nonprofit boards and CEOs build their leadership capacity? This is the first question Cheryl Ronk, President of the Michigan Society of Association Executives, asked me to think about in preparation for …

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Sue Buchholtz: Serial Social Entrepreneur

November 5, 2015 1 Comment
Sue Buchholtz, CEO Evergreen Life Services

Sue Buchholtz, CEO
Evergreen Life Services

Sue Buchholtz, then President & CEO of The Spring, a nonprofit serving victims of domestic violence, made a vivid impression when I first met her in early 2002, shortly after my wife Barbara and …

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Fear: the Insidious Foe of Positive Organizational Change

October 23, 2015 0 Comments

My most recent article at this blog, “Board Composition as a Conscious Growth Tool,” shared some really good news. The governance committee of a prestigious aging services nonprofit used the process of filling board vacancies to turn the 25-member board …

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Cleveland Orchestra Miami: A Venerable Performing Arts Institution Leads Strategic Change

September 23, 2015 0 Comments

Founded …

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Sensible Failure

September 18, 2015 2 Comments
Author Pema Chodron

Pema Chodron

I wish I’d had a copy of a new book I’m going to tell you about when, years ago, I was engaged in an agonizing personal struggle. Then a community college vice president, I’d become keenly aware that …

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You’ve Got To Hit the Buzzer

July 1, 2015 0 Comments

Diverse People in Meeting With Speech Bubbles

“This feels wrong in so many ways.  It feels reckless, careless and selfish.  Of course we’re supposed to wait until we’re sure before we buzz.  But the waiting leads to a pattern of not buzzing.”  I’m quoting from Seth Godin’s …

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Playing the Innovator-in-Chief Role With Gusto

April 14, 2015 0 Comments

RichBrowdie_HeadshotEvery truly extraordinary nonprofit and public sector CEO I’ve observed over the years has made leading strategic change a top priority, wearing what I call the “Innovator-in-Chief” hat.  In a rapidly changing and frequently quite challenging world, this makes the …

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