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Vision: Your Board’s Driver of Innovation and Change

March 24, 2017 0 Comments

A few months ago I sat in on a meeting of the board planning committee of a nonprofit economic development corporation.  We were running through an outline of the agenda for the corporation’s upcoming board-CEO-executive team daylong “strategic work session,” …

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Another Insidious Foe: That Strategic Planning is a Powerful Innovation Tool

March 1, 2017 0 Comments

I tell the following true story in my book Changing By Design (Josey-Bass):

Almost thirty years ago, when I was serving as budget officer of a state government’s urban affairs department, I had the good fortune to participate in the

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Seven Extraordinary CEOs Wearing the Creator-in-Chief Hat

August 23, 2016 0 Comments

Extraordinary CEOs Michael Anderson (Canadian Society of Association Executives), Jeff Finkle (International Economic Development Council), Rick Homans (Tampa Bay Partnership), Virginia Jacko (Miami Lighthouse for the Blind), Irene Rickus (The Children’s Home), Cheryl Ronk, (Michigan Society of Association Executives), and …

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Planning Out of the Box: Updating CSAE’s Business Model, Part Two

March 22, 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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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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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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