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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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About Your Core Values Statement: A Powerful Leadership Tool

September 14, 2017 0 Comments

Since two extraordinary nonprofit leaders – Lynne Thomas Gordon and Michelle Mason – will be recording a podcast for this blog on the recently updated values statement of the Association Forum, I thought it would be useful to share the …

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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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The Blind Visionary Reaches Out Aggressively

October 3, 2016 0 Comments

Virginia Jacko is one of the most extraordinary CEOs I’ve ever worked with.  Not only did she start all over again as a vocational rehabilitation student at the Miami Lighthouse after losing her eyesight while serving as a senior financial …

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Another Insidious Foe: Assuming That Fund Raising is a Key Governing Function

September 9, 2016 0 Comments

Insidious FoeIn one of the “board-savvy CEO” workshops I conducted recently, a participant – visibly upset – challenged my assertion that raising money wasn’t a mainline governing function.  She informed me that donors, including foundations, made it possible for her nonprofit …

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Extraordinary CEOs Who Wear the Demystifier-in-Chief Hat

July 21, 2016 0 Comments

Little did I realize what I was getting into when I was offered my first managerial job after three years in the Peace Corps and graduate school – chief operating officer of a large but quite troubled local nonprofit providing …

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Your Stakeholders Are Worth Taking Very Seriously

June 17, 2016 0 Comments

The breakout group exercise was an even bigger hit than I expected – and a real eye-opener for everyone involved in the retreat.  The group, which met for a little over an hour during the morning session of the Good …

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Looking Beyond Conventional Leadership and Management Literature

June 10, 2016 0 Comments

Eadie_2x2 5_crop_4CI could see several raised eyebrows in the CEO workshop I was running in Minneapolis a couple of weeks ago.  I’d told the group that in recent years I’d begun to avoid the conventional leadership and management literature and, instead, …

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What Makes Women Such Effective Board Members?

March 16, 2016 0 Comments

Karen Philbrick

Karen Philbrick

“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 …

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CEOs Jeff Finkle and Michelle Mason on Character and Leadership

July 16, 2015 2 Comments

Our July 7 post at this blog, “About Character and CEO Leadership,” takes a look at various elements making up a person’s character and focuses in on a character trait that helped to make Abraham Lincoln an extraordinary leader:  “true …

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