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Suzanne McCormick on Her First Year as US President, United Way Worldwide

July 10, 2020 0 Comments

Not long into the video interview I recorded last week with Suzanne McCormick, who took the helm as US President of United Way Worldwide a year ago, I was struck by her fresh, open-minded view of the nonprofit chief executive’s …

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Benjamin Rose Institute’s CEO Orion Bell: Connector-in-Chief Extraordinaire

May 7, 2020 0 Comments

Over the course of my thirty-plus years of work with nonprofit/public chief executives, one of the more dramatic CEO role shifts I’ve observed has been the transformation of Ms. Inside to Ms. Outside.  It’s now widely recognized in all sectors …

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The Board-Savvy CEO: De Facto Captain of the Strategic Governing Team

April 14, 2020 0 Comments

Governing is a team sport if there ever was one.  I’ve never in my 30-plus years of working with nonprofit organizations come across a board that has successfully – on its own – transformed itself into a really high-impact governing …

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Energizer-in-Chief Redux:  Stakeholder Relationship Management

April 8, 2020 0 Comments

“Incredible.  We must be talking about 40 or more stakeholders.”  This was one of the responses to the question I asked in the daylong governance work session I was facilitating, after the  breakout group dealing with stakeholder relations had completed …

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Crises Demand Energizers-in-Chief at All Levels

March 31, 2020 0 Comments

“The fog of despair hung over the land.  One out of every four American workers lacked a job.  Factories that had once darkened the skies with smoke stood ghostly and silent, like extinct volcanoes.  In October the New York City …

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What Makes Women Such Effective Board Members

October 3, 2019 0 Comments

“What makes women such effective board members?” That question came up over a glass of wine at the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) reception held at the Transportation Research Board conference this past January. Apparently, boards comprised of men and women …

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Creating Board Development Champions

August 23, 2019 0 Comments

It’s a fact of nonprofit organizational life that many, if not most, board members are not passionately committed to developing the capacity of their board to govern.  In my experience, sad to say, many are not even particularly interested in …

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Leaders, CEOs, Teachers: Birds of a Feather

May 6, 2019 0 Comments

In Chicago recently to present a program for nonprofit chief executives on board-CEO relations, I made a side trip to visit a well-regarded nonprofit corporation, Smith Crossing, a retirement community southwest of the city.  During my brief visit, I had …

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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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Sue Buchholtz: Serial Social Entrepreneur

March 8, 2019 0 Comments

Sue Buchholtz, then President & CEO of The Spring, a nonprofit serving victims of domestic violence, made a vivid impression when I first met her in early 2002, shortly after my wife Barbara and I had relocated to Tampa Bay …

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