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The Dynamic Duo: The Winning Combo of the Board Chair and Executive Team"

Margaret Wheatley is one of our favorite leadership authors. In her New Science of Leadership, she reframes leadership away from the singular, heroic achiever-of-feats to a more communal, partnered view of how work actually gets done. She writes: "In organizations, real power and energy is generated through relationships. The patterns of relationships and capacities to form them are more important that tasks, functions, roles and postions."

Take a moment to re-read those words again, slowly. Get the relationship right, then the world changes. It is so easy to take for granted that as long as the board chair does her charing, and the executive director does his directing, the organization has the functionality it needs to do its work. But we think there is more to this distinctive combination than meets the eye. We encourage you and your board, your executive and your programming teams to take a deeper look at the cohesion system upon which your mission and strategy depends.

[Lightly discuss "The Strategy Core." The internal customer service ethic. the handoff process of mutually-complementing and equal partners in mission-based organizations. ]


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