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Organizational Development

CEO Suzanne McCormick on Getting the CEO-COO Partnership Right at United Way Suncoast

June 18, 2018 0 Comments

Experience has taught me that no matter how well-designed, the chief executive officer-chief operating officer leadership structure can easily fail.  In fact, over my 30 years in the nonprofit leadership business I’ve seen many more CEO-COO duos crash and burn …

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CEO Craig Richard On Beefing Up Investors’ ROI at the Tampa Hillsborough EDC

April 3, 2018 0 Comments

As our readers well know, serving on a governing board is only one type of volunteering in a nonprofit organization. High-level non-governing work that requires highly knowledgeable, skilled – and often, well-connected – volunteers includes providing technical advice in program …

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The Chief of Staff Alternative To the CEO-COO Structure

June 15, 2017 0 Comments

The two most recent articles at this blog have explored the CEO-chief operating officer leadership structure, which has proved very effective in freeing up CEO time for direct interaction with the governing board and with key external stakeholders, while ensuring …

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The CEO-COO Partnership: Thriving and Paying Big Dividends at Astor Services

May 19, 2017 0 Comments

In this new podcast, CEO Jim McGuirk and his Chief Operating Officer (COO), Renee Fillette, explain why the CEO-COO partnership is working so well at Astor Services for Children and Families, headquartered in Rhinebeck, New York. The last article posted …

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So You’re Thinking About Adding a Chief Operating Officer To Your Executive Team?

April 26, 2017 0 Comments

A two-person executive office consisting of a chief executive officer and chief operating officer (typically known as “COO”) is a staple in the for-profit sector.  This set-up has the CEO focusing on overall corporate strategy, governance, and the external world, …

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Board Composition As a Conscious Growth Tool

October 17, 2015 0 Comments

I recently sat in on a special work session of the governance committee of the board of directors of a large and influential aging services nonprofit. They’d set aside three hours to consider how to go about filling the upcoming …

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Lana Vukovljak: Leading Large-Scale Innovation on the Volunteer Front

April 22, 2015 2 Comments

Lana_Vukovljak_June_2013_1-web_cropI was fortunate to work with Lana Vukovljak a few years ago when she was President & CEO of the American Association of Diabetes Educators, assisting her and a task force of her Board members in updating and fine-tuning the …

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