Year: 2012

Lincoln And True Humility

As a fervent admirer of Abraham Lincoln who has read most of the major biographies of his life and career, I accompanied my wife Barbara to our local cinema yesterday to see the film “Lincoln” with some trepidation, expecting, despite many glowing reviews, to be disappointed.  After all, Lincoln, who has long been an American

Creatively Shaping Your Board’s Composition

Nonprofit and public boards fill vacancies in various ways.  The great majority of nonprofit boards at the local level are self-appointing, but the members of many public transportation boards are appointed by mayors and county chief executives, school boards are for the most part elected by voters living in the school district, and association board

Beware Of The Slippery Slope Of Board Downsizing

Here’s a fact I’ve learned from my work with hundreds of boards over the years:  The more diverse your board is in terms of its membership, the more valuable your board’s contribution to your organization’s out-of-the-box change process is likely to be. It’s difficult to imagine having too much brainpower, knowledge, expertise, experience, connections, etc.,

What Board-Savvy Chief Executives Know

 The relationship between nonprofit executives and their board members is evolving:  Newer, younger  board members tend to value direct participation and palpable, meaningful results that justify their commitment to an organization. Maureen West hits the nail on the head in her article in the September 16, 2012 issue of The Chronicle of Philanthropy.  Maureen quotes two

Announcing The Entwined Lives Blog!

Doug Eadie has created a new blog – Entwined Lives:  Reflections of a Returned Ethiopia Peace Corps Volunteer.  You can check it out at:  EntwinedLives.com.  The five blogs that appeared on this page as part of the Addis Ababa Homecoming series have been removed from this page and are being re-posted at the Entwined Lives blog.

The Change-Savvy Innovator-In-Chief

CEOs who succeed in the Innovator-in-Chief role are what I think of as change-savvy. The change-savvy CEOs that I’ve worked with and observed: • Are technically very knowledgeable about best practices in the rapidly changing area of change planning and management, which means she isn’t wedded to conventional planning wisdom and out-of-date approaches. You’ll never hear

Teamwork At The Top In Spokane, Washington

I recently recorded a podcast featuring Al French, Spokane County Commissioner and Chair of the Board of the Spokane Transit Authority (STA) and Susan Meyer, CEO of STA. They describe, from their different perspectives, how they worked as a really cohesive leadership team in getting a truly high-stakes, out of the box change initiative accomplished

Out Of The Box And Off To Addis Ababa

In my new book, Leading Out-of-the-Box Change, I talk about the normal resistance many, if not most, people, have to contend with in getting major change initiatives accomplished in their organizations and their lives.  As I say in the book, experience has taught me that fear – for example, of failing to perform up to standard, of

The CEO As Chief Change Motivator

Experience has taught me over the past quarter-century that nonprofit and public organizations that succeed in leading significant – out of the box – change are always led by a strong CEO serving as “Innovator-in-Chief.”  In this capacity, one of your CEO’s most important roles is “Chief Motivator.”  Your Chief Motivator’s primary tool is direct

The Change-Savvy Innovator-In-Chief

CEOs who succeed in the Innovator-in-Chief role are what I think of as change-savvy. The change-savvy CEOs that I’ve worked with and observed: Are technically very knowledgeable about best practices in the rapidly changing area of change planning and management, which means she isn’t wedded to conventional planning wisdom and out-of-date approaches. You’ll never hear