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Tag: CEO leadership

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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What Are You Paying Your Board Chair?

January 12, 2022 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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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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Disney’s Innovator-in-Chief Robert Iger: CEO Visionary Par Excellence

November 12, 2019 0 Comments

“What can I do to get my board meaningfully engaged in leading innovation and change in my organization?”  I hear variations of this very important question quite often from CEOs in my one-on-one governance coaching sessions and educational workshops.   There’s …

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Benjamin Limmer Takes the Helm at HART in Tampa

July 29, 2019 0 Comments

In the informative and fascinating podcast Ben Limmer, new Chief Executive Officer at the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART), recorded for this blog last week he describes the professional path he traveled on the way to the top spot …

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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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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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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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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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