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Board-CEO Relationship

Get Your Board-CEO Retreat Right

July 6, 2018 0 Comments

Retreats have become a popular vehicle for involving nonprofit board members, their CEOs, and executives in accomplishing high-impact governing work that could not be accomplished – at least not as well – in regular board business meetings.  Updating a vision …

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Cementing the Partnership With Your Board

June 8, 2018 0 Comments

The following article appeared in the Spring 2018 edition of the Association Forum’s “CEOnly Newsletter.”  It is reprinted here with the Forum’s permission.

Satisfied Owners Make Better Partners

Thirty years of working with nonprofit boards of all shapes and sizes …

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Three Seasoned, Board-Savvy Leaders Talk About the Board Chair-CEO Partnership

April 26, 2018 0 Comments

I don’t know three more board-savvy nonprofit leaders than Ronnie Bryant, President & CEO of the Charlotte Regional Partnership, Jeff Finkle, President/CEO of the International Economic Development Council, and Michael Langley, Chief Executive Officer of the Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional …

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What Are You Paying Your Board Chair?

April 23, 2018 0 Comments

A few years ago, I was chatting over lunch with the CEO of a national association about her incoming board chair. She was feeling pretty apprehensive since her relationship with the outgoing chair had been really rocky. He’d resisted her …

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Setting the Stage for a Podcast Featuring 3 CEOs Who Examine the Board Chair-CEO Partnership

March 15, 2018 0 Comments

I’m delighted to report that three extraordinary CEOs who have been actively engaged in this blog’s CEO Advisory Committee are scheduled to record a podcast for www.extraordinaryceo.com, sharing their experience in building a productive and enduring board chair-CEO partnership. …

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David Stackrow, Master of the Governing Game, on the Board Chair-CEO Partnership

January 10, 2018 0 Comments

I’m delighted that David Stackrow was able to carve out an hour earlier this week for us to record a podcast focusing on the board chair-CEO working relationship. Dave’s one of the busiest public/nonprofit leaders I’ve worked with over the …

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Time to Update and Fine-Tune Your CEO Leadership Resolutions

December 21, 2017 0 Comments

There’s wide agreement in the nonprofit sector that one of the preeminent vehicles for building and maintaining a close, productive, and enduring board-CEO working relationship is a well-designed and meticulously executed process for board evaluation of CEO performance. CEO evaluation …

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Don’t Let Your Board Beat You To the Punch

April 14, 2017 0 Comments

A couple of years ago I got a call from the chief executive of a regional transit authority who wanted to discuss a situation that was causing him more than a little heartburn.  In a nutshell, his board’s executive committee …

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Kick Off 2017 By Updating Your CEO Governance Strategy

January 3, 2017 0 Comments

Preparing for a recent CEO coaching session, I fine-tuned the process that I’d developed several years ago for updating the CEO’s Governance Strategy.  All really board-savvy CEOs know that governance (encompassing the work of the board and the board-CEO partnership) …

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Another Insidious Foe: Assuming That Fund Raising is a Key Governing Function

September 9, 2016 0 Comments

Insidious FoeIn one of the “board-savvy CEO” workshops I conducted recently, a participant – visibly upset – challenged my assertion that raising money wasn’t a mainline governing function.  She informed me that donors, including foundations, made it possible for her nonprofit …

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