Good leaders don’t drop their aitchs

By Chris Gandy When I reflect on my primary school days I can vividly recall teachers constantly regaling the class to not drop our aitchs. Seems we were running about the place saying things like “elp” instead of “help”; wondering how we could get to “eaven” and not  “heaven”;  and asking “arry” instead of “harry” […]

Skip the Mission and go straight to the Vision

By Chris Gandy Perhaps I am being alarmist, but I am genuinely concerned that the NFP sector is failing to develop and attract the calibre of leaders needed to meet the demands our society is placing on it. Not that great people aren’t out there, they are. It is just that as a sector we […]

Recruit a CEO for Tomorrow, Not Today

By Chris Gandy We Not for Profit Board Members are typically very diligent when it comes to recruiting a new CEO. After all, we are very busy people and the last thing a Chair or fellow Board members want is to be dragged in to steer a leaderless ship. So what usually happens? We urgent review today’s […]

NFP Leaders Better Get Used To Wearing Some New Hats

By Chris Gandy One of the most common questions we are asked by Not for Profit Boards who find themselves in a position of suddenly having to search for a new Chief Executive is: “What should we look for in a new CEO?” To be honest such questions fill us with joy as they demonstrate […]

Cultivating Real Superheros

By Chris Gandy : When you have been in the not-for-profit sector as long as I have, it is hard not to notice certain characteristics about the people who are attracted to and work for cause-based organisations.  Typically, those joining not-for-profits at any age commence with abounding zeal and verve.They are there to save the world in […]

What If The Blocker Is You?

By Chris Gandy : I attended the Australian Society of Association Executives Conference in Canberra last week where many of the papers and invariably a great deal of the networking conversation focused on helping staff and NFP Boards overcoming resistance to change. As I listened to some excellent presentations which received knowing nods from an […]

Don’t Just Sit There, Serve!

By Chris Gandy :Maybe it’s me, but have you noticed (or cared) how often people refer to their role on a not for profit board as “sitting”?  It’s as if simply turning up is all that is required. I sit of the board of Save the Purple Frog League. Sorry I am late, our board […]

Good CEO Candidates Aren’t Fools

By Chris Gandy I have a few people to thank for encouraging me to develop our Janus CEO Transition Program. Unwittingly, Alex was one of them. I have known Alex and the organisation he was the Board Chair of for a number of years. About two years ago I ran into him at a conference […]

Our Interim CEO’s Aspire To Be More Than Caretakers

Please don’t get us wrong. If a Board of a cause-based organisation decides to engage an Interim CEO and they instruct that person to “simply hold the fort” while they decide on a future direction, it is entirely their prerogative. And we are sure that there are many Interims who are prepared to take on […]

Still Walking in Their Shoes

After take-off on the “Red-eye” from Perth to Sydney the other night, I decided to forego the in-flight entertainment and listen to my own music and hopefully get some shut-eye. This was my last trip home after delivering our Janus CEO Transition Program in Ruah Community Services. The assignment took 9 months to complete and […]