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Tag: board-CEO relations

CEO Leadership on the Governance Front:  Reflections on an Emerging New Model

March 24, 2022 0 Comments

This is how the chief executive officer of a large, urban public transit system responded to my question about engaging his board in the annual budget preparation process in a one-on interview kicking off a board development project a decade …

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Pay Close Attention to Your Board Chair’s Non-Monetary Compensation

November 8, 2021 0 Comments

A couple of years ago, I was chatting over lunch with the CEO of a local nonprofit economic development corporation about her incoming board chair.  She was feeling pretty apprehensive since her relationship with the outgoing chair had been really …

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Solving the Board Development Puzzle: the What and the Why

March 25, 2021 0 Comments

The half-day Zoom governance workshop I presented a couple of weeks ago for 25-some CEOs of a  diverse array of economic and community development corporations included a segment on board development.  Early in my career I would  have been a …

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Using the CEO Evaluation Process to Help Cement Your Partnership With the Board

March 9, 2020 0 Comments

As always, I learned as much as I taught from the economic development chief executives participating in the workshop I presented on February 10 at the Leadership Summit of the International Economic Development Council – “Cementing the Board-CEO Partnership in …

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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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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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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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Really Board-Savvy CEOs Avoid the Trap of Letterhead Board Members

March 22, 2018 0 Comments

Several posts at this blog have dealt with what I call “insidious foes” of a solid board-CEO working relationship. These are erroneous assumptions about the nature of the governing function that can cause real damage. What makes them insidious is …

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Board-Savvy CEOs Avoid Falling Into the Board Self-Assessment Trap

March 9, 2018 0 Comments

I received an email promo last week from a national nonprofit ballyhooing its board self-assessment “tool,” which reminded me of a true story that goes back around four years. The president & CEO of a large nonprofit development corporation called …

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Leadership Lessons From a Highly Successful CEO

August 25, 2017 0 Comments

Not long into my first in-depth conversation with Curtis Stitt, I realized that I was in the company of an uncommonly thoughtful CEO who was a deeply serious, passionate student of board and chief executive leadership. And I knew that …

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