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Creating Board Development Champions

August 23, 2019 0 Comments

It’s a fact of nonprofit organizational life that many, if not most, board members are not passionately committed to developing the capacity of their board to govern.  In my experience, sad to say, many are not even particularly interested in …

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Benjamin Limmer Takes the Helm at HART in Tampa

July 29, 2019 0 Comments

In the informative and fascinating podcast Ben Limmer, new Chief Executive Officer at the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART), recorded for this blog last week he describes the professional path he traveled on the way to the top spot …

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The Late Senator McCain and True Humility Redux

June 28, 2019 0 Comments

It seems appropriate, as we approach another Fourth of July celebration to re-post this article that originally appeared almost a year ago.  It’s about a true military hero, stalwart patriot, and man of sterling character, the late Senator John McCain,

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Leaders, CEOs, Teachers: Birds of a Feather

May 6, 2019 0 Comments

In Chicago recently to present a program for nonprofit chief executives on board-CEO relations, I made a side trip to visit a well-regarded nonprofit corporation, Smith Crossing, a retirement community southwest of the city.  During my brief visit, I had …

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The Creativity-Innovation Nexus: Part One of Our Creativity Series

April 29, 2019 0 Comments

The innovation process – and the role of the chief executive as your organization’s “Chief Innovation Officer” – has been a major focus of this blog, and several posts have featured real-life cases of successful implementation of significant innovation initiatives. …

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Four Governing Hats New-Model CEOs Wear

April 10, 2019 0 Comments

I’ll be in Chicago this coming weekend, speaking to around 300 chief executives from all over the country about practical ways to build and maintain a really healthy, enduring board-CEO partnership that can withstand the inevitable stresses and strains at …

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Sue Buchholtz: Serial Social Entrepreneur

March 8, 2019 0 Comments

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 I had relocated to Tampa Bay …

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CEO Jeff Thomson: the Chief Energizer at Work at IMA

February 26, 2019 0 Comments

This post and accompanying podcast by IMA President and CEO Jeff Thomson originally appeared in August 2017.    It’s being re-posted because of the enthusiastic feedback we’ve received since it first appeared.

A few years ago, the day after facilitating a …

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CEO Jeff Knueppel Walks the Employee Engagement Talk at SEPTA

February 5, 2019 0 Comments

Early in my career I experienced at close range a CEO not walking his talk.  I was serving as chief of staff to the president of a large three-campus community college.  With the urging of his board’s officers, my boss …

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METRO’s Tom Lambert: Consummate Innovator-in-Chief

January 25, 2019 0 Comments

The podcast that Tom Lambert, President & CEO of the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, recorded for this blog describes METRO’s new Office of Innovation, which has proved to be a very effective generator of “out of the box” …

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