Year: 2015

Beware Of Planning Yourself Into A Box

How did I get into the business of helping nonprofit boards and CEOs build their leadership capacity? This is the first question Cheryl Ronk, President of the Michigan Society of Association Executives, asked me to think about in preparation for last week’s interview on her Michigan Business Network radio show. Thinking about that question the

Greenlight Pinellas: A Pothole On The Road To Ultimate Success

Residents of Pinellas County, Florida who, like me, are strong supporters of expanding public transportation options in this increasingly gridlocked metropolitan area were sorely disappointed in November 2014. Voters overwhelmingly defeated a ballot measure to fund – with a new 1 percent sales tax – a comprehensive transportation plan developed by Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority

Cleveland Orchestra Miami: A Venerable Performing Arts Institution Leads Strategic Change

Founded in 1918, the Cleveland Orchestra has become one of the most sought-after performing ensembles in the world and has long been numbered among the “Big Five” American orchestras. “In its self-effacing virtuosity and variety of colors, its refinement and chamber-style cohesion,” writes Zachary Woolfe in the July 9, 2015 edition of the New York

Sensible Failure

I wish I’d had a copy of a new book I’m going to tell you about when, years ago, I was engaged in an agonizing personal struggle. Then a community college vice president, I’d become keenly aware that I did not have a passion for catching the 7 a.m. train every morning to do day-in-day-out,

The Leadership Cost Of Taking A Tiger By The Tail

My weekly English tutoring sessions via Skype with my Taiwanese friends and students, Donyou Chen and his lovely wife Yuwen Chang (known as “TY” and “Fiona” to their non-Mandarin- speaking friends), have for the past few weeks focused on the economic crisis in China precipitated by the plunging Chinese stock market.  A highly educated and

Whither Volunteer Involvement In Our Nonprofits?

In their informative and thought-provoking new podcast, two seasoned nonprofit leaders – Mick Fleming, President of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, and Susan Robertson, President of the ASAE Foundation – discuss volunteer involvement in nonprofit organizations – describing the trends they’ve observed and assessing the implications for their associations and the wider nonprofit

Volunteering And Idealism

Several years ago I was walking through the student union at the University of Illinois-Urbana in December of my senior year thinking about law school, which I’d be entering the next fall. My course was set, at least for three more years, so I needn’t be worried about my future for a while longer. Then

Tending To Your Preeminent Stakeholder

This article originally appeared at another Doug Eadie & Company Blog: www.boardsavvytransitceo.com. One of the breakout groups at a board-CEO/GM retreat I recently facilitated had a great time going through what I call the “stakeholder relationship maintenance” exercise. The six breakout group participants, who were led by the chair of the board’s external/stakeholder relations committee, first

Character And CEO Leadership

  I was really pleased that two extraordinary CEOs serving on this blog’s CEO Advisory Committee – Jeff Finkle, President/CEO of the International Economic Development Council, and Michelle Mason, President & CEO of the Association Forum of Chicagoland – accepted our invitation to record a podcast for this blog on the impact of a CEO’s