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 […]

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 […]

The CSI Findings of a Failed CEO Recruit

By Chris Gandy “She lasted 12 weeks!” The Chair of a mid-sized not for profit was referring to his organisation’s most recent CEO. The Chair was surprising frank and it was obvious he and his Board had conducted a great deal of soul-searching since the departure of the latest CEO. “Our new CEO was a great […]

Will Key Staff Go If The CEO Leaves?

  By Chris Gandy Myths seen to abound in not for profits and one I heard repeated yet again this week by a NFP Board member is: “They will all go if the CEO leaves” The belief being that there will be an exodus of good staff if her CEO departs. The corollary of this being […]

Turning Lemons Into Lemon Sorbet With Interim Leadership

  We have published a number of posts on Leadership Transition over the year and attempted to argue the case for not for profit Boards to seriously consider following a formal Transition Program when recruiting a new CEO. Here Tara Levy of Greenlights points out that such a Program is of great benefit to an organisation even when the “recruitment […]

How a Departing CEO Should Gracefully Exit Stage Right

By Chris Gandy The departure of a CEO, for whatever reason, can be disruptive for an organisation. No matter what the relationship was with the Board and Staff, a departing CEO has a responsibility to remain loyal to the organisation and its Cause and to leave with as much grace and positivity as possible. Exiting in this […]