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Leading Innovators-in-Chief: Disney’s Robert Iger and DART’s Gary Thomas

November 11, 2019 0 Comments

“What can I do to get my board meaningfully engaged in leading innovation and change in my authority?” I hear variations of this very important question quite often from transit chief executives in my one-on-one governance coaching sessions and educational workshops. There’s no simple answer, but the indispensable first step is to make sure you understand what’s going on in the rapidly evolving field of change planning and management. One thing for sure: traditional comprehensive, long-range “strategic” planning – for arbitrary periods like three or five years – is a blunt innovation tool. Experience has no doubt taught many if … Read the rest

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Vision: Your Board’s Driver of Innovation and Change

March 25, 2017 0 Comments

This article originally appeared at our Extraordinary CEO blog.  It is just as pertinent to public transit leaders.

A few months ago I sat in on a meeting of the board planning committee of a nonprofit economic development corporation.  We were running through an outline of the agenda for the corporation’s upcoming board-CEO-executive team daylong “strategic work session,” which would kick-off the corporation’s annual planning cycle.  Things were going really smoothly until we got to the description of the breakout group that was to fashion an updated vision statement for the corporation.  Three of the seven committee members immediately went … Read the rest

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Fear: the Insidious Foe of Positive Organizational Change

October 26, 2015 0 Comments

Diverse People in Meeting With Speech BubblesThis post originally appeared at www.extraordinaryceo.com.  Since it applies to all nonprofit and public organizations, I’m re-posting it here.

My most recent article at this blog, “Board Composition as a Conscious Growth Tool,” shared some really good news. The governance committee of a prestigious aging services nonprofit used the process of filling board vacancies to turn the 25-member board into a more powerful vehicle for achieving the nonprofit’s growth targets. Over the course of three hours or so, committee members had brainstormed candidates for board seats whose connections, experience, expertise and other qualifications might help this nonprofit grow. And putting … Read the rest

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