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Tag: CEO leadership

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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CEO Michael Terry Spearheads Innovative Health and Wellness Initiatives

March 4, 2018 0 Comments

Innovation planning and management has been a major theme at this blog, so I’m pleased to feature CEO Michael Terry’s leadership at the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (known as “IndyGo”).  IndyGo has been blazing trails on the health and wellness …

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It’s Never Been Easier to Publish Your Own Book, So Go for It!

February 22, 2018 0 Comments

“Have you thought about publishing your own books?” No I hadn’t, and, to be honest, the question took me aback when I heard it a decade ago.  I was chatting with a long-time colleague, Tom Berger, about the new book …

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CEO Nat Ford on Hitting the Ground Running As a New CEO

October 5, 2017 0 Comments

You’ve got to bring incredible passion to survive and thrive at the 24/7 job of heading a public transportation authority.  If you don’t, there’s a clear and present danger the inevitable pressures will wear you down and dangerously dull your …

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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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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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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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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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