Month: September 2014

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