Leadership Transitions

Leadership Transitions

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Leadership Transitions

This weekend’s board meeting at YES! Magazine was the first with the organization’s new executive director, Christine Hanna. She did an amazing job at this meeting and is already showing organizational tremendous leadership. This weekend further strengthened my confidence that we have picked an excellent new leader.

I have been deeply involved with this leadership transition over the last two years, heading up the search process on the board. Some of you who know me well know the sad, sad story of my old organization, Groundwire, and how strongly motivated I was to avoid a similar fate at YES!

If you’re interested in what we did for our transition process, you may want to read this article by the organization’s outgoing ED, Fran Korten. Fran and I partnered very closely in this work, and her deep commitment to this transition proved absolutely critical to its success. I am so glad that she has captured this work to share with others:


(I took this photo during a break in our meeting this morning. This artwork sits in the conference room at YES!)


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  2. Glad to hear everything went well ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Say and Yes Gideon Rosenblatt


  4. And … for those of us not familiar with Groundwire, is there a precise of the episode?

  5. That is a cool photo! How is it set in place so neatly?

  6. Stephen Hamilton The Power of Affirmation!

  7. Stephen Hamilton Superglue!

  8. Edward Morbiusโ€‹โ€‹โ€‹ Groundwire was a very unusual, and highly effective, mission-driven technology consulting firm. We were a non-profit enterprise that provided strategy and tools for constituent engagement to environmental organizations across North America. I ran the organization for nine years after I left Microsoft.

    The short version of what happened is that we hired the wrong replacement for me. Within three years after my leaving, this highly successful and financially strong organization was driven out of business through poor leadership and ineffective board oversight. There was a lot of pain and suffering in that disolution process for staff, clients, funders, and those of us who truly loved that organization. A very sad story, actually.

    This “theory of change” will give you a sense for how we worked to bring about social change:

    the-vital-edge.com – Groundwire’s Theory of Change

  9. Stephen Hamilton Each of those pages is precisely folded to create that 3d protrusion. Super cool.

  10. Gideon Rosenblatt I Love it!

  11. Gideon Rosenblatt it is super cool. I was wondering more how the pages didn’t just collapse into each other? Is there anything that serves to keep each page at the ideal angle?

  12. Pretty sure it’s the fold that holds the individual pages apart from one another.

  13. Gideon Rosenblatt thanks! I am going to practice using this technique for an idea I have. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  14. Good luck, Stephen Hamilton. Feel free to ping me if you post a picture of it.

  15. Innovative and creative book _ page art.

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