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Innovation/Change Management

Involving Your Board in Strategic Organizational Development

November 13, 2017 0 Comments

Every 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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Taking Core Values to Heart at the Association Forum of Chicagoland

November 2, 2017 0 Comments

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

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That Vision Thing

September 28, 2017 0 Comments

You’ll recall that the last article posted at this blog discusses core values – serving as a prelude to the podcast that Lynne Thomas Gordon and Michelle Mason, Incoming Chair and CEO, respectively, of the Association Forum, will be recording …

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About Your Core Values Statement: A Powerful Leadership Tool

September 14, 2017 0 Comments

Since two extraordinary nonprofit leaders – Lynne Thomas Gordon and Michelle Mason – will be recording a podcast for this blog on the recently updated values statement of the Association Forum, I thought it would be useful to share the …

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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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Fostering Innovative CEO Leadership: a Conversation With Bob Eckardt

February 17, 2017 0 Comments

Whenever you come across a nonprofit organization that is thriving and growing in these rapidly changing, challenging times, you’re virtually certain to find an extraordinary CEO at the helm wearing what I call the “Chief Innovator” hat.  Sue Buchholtz, President/CEO …

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Ownership: the Breakfast of Change Champions

February 2, 2017 0 Comments

I sat in on a really consequential meeting a little over a year ago.  The board planning and development committee of a state professional association spent 3 ½ hours brainstorming how to handle the patently obvious need to do a …

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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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Extraordinary CEOs Who Wear the Demystifier-in-Chief Hat

July 21, 2016 0 Comments

Little did I realize what I was getting into when I was offered my first managerial job after three years in the Peace Corps and graduate school – chief operating officer of a large but quite troubled local nonprofit providing …

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