Category: Board Capacity Building

Get Your Board-CEO Retreat Right

Retreats have become a popular vehicle for involving nonprofit board members, their CEOs, and executives in accomplishing high-impact governing work that could not be accomplished – at least not as well – in regular board business meetings.  Updating a vision statement and identifying and discussing strategic and operational issues certainly fall in this category.  The

CEO Dave Genova on Getting Stakeholder Engagement Right at RTD-Denver

You’ll recall that in earlier posts at this blog we’ve defined “stakeholders” as individuals, groups, and organizations it makes sense to build and maintain relationships with because something important is at stake, for example, political and financial support, credibility, image, etc.  Over my 30 years of work with nonprofit and public CEOs and their boards

CEO Suzanne McCormick on Getting the CEO-COO Partnership Right at United Way Suncoast

Experience has taught me that no matter how well-designed, the chief executive officer-chief operating officer leadership structure can easily fail.  In fact, over my 30 years in the nonprofit leadership business I’ve seen many more CEO-COO duos crash and burn than succeed.  I’m reminded of one of my earliest experiences, when I was chief of

Cementing the Partnership With Your Board

The following article appeared in the Spring 2018 edition of the Association Forum’s “CEOnly Newsletter.”  It is reprinted here with the Forum’s permission. Satisfied Owners Make Better Partners Thirty years of working with nonprofit boards of all shapes and sizes and their chief executives have taught me that your long-term success and professional longevity as

CEO Rob Paterkiewicz on Updating Selected Independent Funeral Homes’ Business Model

I’m pleased to share the fourth podcast in this blog’s ongoing series on updating nonprofit business models, featuring Rob Paterkiewicz, Executive Director and CEO of Selected Independent Funeral Homes, a national trade association. You’ll recall that the May 18 post at www.extraordinaryceo.com takes a close look at the business model concept, which has been defined

Board Chair Trudy Bartley and CEO Joanna Pinkerton on Breaking the Traditional CEO Mold at COTA

Traditionally, at the top of the list of qualifications public transit boards specify when recruiting candidates for the CEO position is in-depth operational experience.  So it’s no surprise that over the years the great majority of vacant CEO positions have been filled with executives who have worked their way up the operational ladder in one