Year: 2014

Two Board-Savvy Nonprofit CEOs Discuss The Board-CEO Partnership

I was delighted when Jeff Finkle, President & CEO of the International Economic Development Council, and Stuart Rogel, President & CEO of the Tampa Bay Partnership, accepted my invitation to record this podcast on the board-CEO partnership. These seasoned nonprofit leaders share practices that have helped them build close, positive, and productive working relationships with

But The Trees Matter, Too

Experience has taught me – and most likely you – that CEOs who aspire to accomplish significant change initiatives, such as a merger of two associations, a brand new service in your community like light rail, or a re-drawing of boundaries in your public school district, have a major, highly visible role to play.  What

Welcome To Your New Profession: CEO!

“I feel like I’ve changed professions,” the new president & CEO of an aging services organization said in our recent meeting.  “You definitely have,” I responded.  I elaborated by pointing out that she shouldn’t think of herself any longer as essentially a senior executive and expert in aging services; her new job was different in

The Incredible Power Of Ownership

This instructive true story goes back almost 25 years. I’d worked really hard crafting what seemed like a pretty compelling report, recommending that the board and CEO of my client, a regional economic development corporation, take a number of important steps to clarify the board’s governing role, fine-tune its committee structure, and upgrade the process

The Bully Pulpit

I recently finished Doris Kearns Goodwin’s fascinating, beautifully written history of the Progressive era and the presidencies of Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, The Bully Pulpit (Simon & Schuster, 2013).  Among other things, it’s a superb study of leadership that I wholeheartedly recommend to my colleagues in nonprofit and public management. I found especially  interesting Goodwin’s

A Preeminent Community Foundation Fostering Nonprofit Excellence In Cleveland

I was delighted when Bob Eckardt, Executive Vice President of the Cleveland Foundation, accepted my invitation to record the podcast that’s featured in the July 10 edition of my national e-letter, Nonprofit & Public Leader. Bob is eminently qualified to discuss nonprofit board leadership and the board-CEO partnership. Not only is he an experienced nonprofit

Board Development By Design

A Board-Savvy CEO Role      ​My June 9 blog post described facilitating a “high-impact governing” work session for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, headquartered in San Jose, CA, at which VTA General Manager/CEO Nuria Fernandez, her Board of Directors, and the VTA Executive Team discussed significant advances in the rapidly changing field of