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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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Emerging New CEO Governing Model

January 7, 2019 0 Comments

The following article is excerpted from Doug Eadie and Dave Stackrow’s forthcoming book, Becoming Your Board’s Chief Governing Partner:  a Practical Guidebook for Transit CEOs and CEO-aspirants.

In our travels around the country these days, we see an increasing …

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The Captain of Your Strategic Governing Team

January 3, 2019 0 Comments

The following article is excerpted from Doug Eadie and Dave Stackrow’s forthcoming book, Becoming Your Board’s Chief Governing Partner:  a Practical Guidebook for Transit CEOs and CEO-aspirants.

When a public transit board  chooses its CEO, it’s also choosing the …

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Building a New Board-CEO Partnership at the American Association of Orthodontists

November 26, 2018 0 Comments

The most recent podcast in this blog’s ongoing series on building solid board-CEO partnerships features my interview with Board Chair Dr. Brent Larson and new Executive Director Lynne Thomas Gordon of the American Association of Orthodontists.  Interviewing Brent and Lynne, …

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Taking Core Values Seriously at the Association Forum of Chicagoland

November 9, 2018 0 Comments

  

A couple of months ago I was sitting in on a meeting of the board planning committee and CEO of a large regional nonprofit corporation engaged in regional economic and community development. This was the first of three committee meetings …

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COTA’s Board Chair and CEO Talk About Breaking the Traditional CEO Mold

November 2, 2018 0 Comments

Traditionally, at the top of the list of qualifications public transit boards specify when recruiting candidates for the CEO position is in-depth operational experience. So it’s no surprise that over the years the great majority of vacant CEO positions have …

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Caveat Emptor: an Axiom All Really Board-Savvy CEOs Take to Heart

October 19, 2018 0 Comments

To judge from participants’ questions during and after the workshop that I presented on September 25 at the American Public Transportation Association Annual Meeting in Nashville, one of the concepts I discussed that struck a real chord was that “board-savvy” …

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Thoughts on True Humility and Senator John McCain

August 30, 2018 0 Comments

Thinking about Senator John McCain this morning – along with millions of my fellow Americans and admirers around the world – reminded me of the critical role that character plays in leadership. Whether one agreed with Senator McCain on one …

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Turning Your Board Members Into a Cohesive Governing Team: Part 2

August 6, 2018 0 Comments

As I noted in the July 25 post at this blog, turning nonprofit boards into really cohesive governing teams is no piece of cake, primarily because of the diverse agendas and differing levels of governing knowledge and experience board members …

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