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 […]
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 […]
Give Your New CEO An Even Chance By Reducing Wake Turbulence
By Chris Gandy This is the third in our series of posts each dedicated to one of the opportunities (we call them Janus Factors) that present themselves to cause-based organisations during the executive transition period between the announcement of a Chief Executive’s departure and the on-boarding of a replacement. Last Monday I caught an early morning flight from […]
Executive Transition – A Perfect Time For Reflection
By Chris Gandy This is the second in our series of posts each dedicated to one of the opportunities (we call them Janus Factors) that present themselves to cause-based organisations during the executive transition period between the announcement of a Chief Executive’s departure and the on-boarding of a replacement. Reflection “I just haven’t got time to […]
The Janus Factors – The bountiful opportunities arising from Executive Transition
By Chris Gandy Executive transition is all about endings, changes and beginnings of various types. Transition represents a time of disruption and hope, one of reflection and renewal. But as Tom Adams, a specialist in executive transitions in the not for profit sector insists, “if managed intentionally and proactively, transitions can serve as pivotal moments, […]
By Rachel Muir This post originally appeared at connection cafe and rachelmuir.com on January 20, 2012. We thank Rachel for agreeing to slight changes for our Cause and Effective audience. Two words a board chair never wants to hear from their CEO. Few things can be as disruptive to an organisations success as a Chief Executive transition. […]
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”…was Charles Dickens referring to Executive Transition?
By Chris Gandy Charles Dickens classic novel, A Tale of Two Cities, opens with the famous lines: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was […]
“We need a charismatic leader for our not-for-profit!” Do you?
By Chris Gandy Recently we were asked by the Chair of a mid-sized not-for-profit to help with the recruitment of a new CEO. The new person, “Must have charisma in spades – just like their predecessor!”… we were instructed. Fairly clear instructions. But before we proceeded we had a chat about this much vaunted trait of charisma […]
“Gee, you need to be resiliant to work for a not-for-profit!”
So said an acquaintance who, having been on a roller-coaster ride for many years in a cause-based organisation, was finally retrenched as the organisation continued to struggle with marketplace and funding changes. Knowing his case is not isolated and that workplace stresses and uncertainty is not confined to the not-for-profit sector, I decided to do […]