Gerald Meck

Leadership Transitions

Jan 20, 2017 By (Bio) No Comments

One of the realities of the nonprofit world (and business in general) is that, at some point, all leaders will leave their organization. With the average tenure of a nonprofit leader being just three years, this issue is unavoidable. In some instances, this will be a known change with time to carefully develop and carry […]

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Leaders Bridge Differences

Recently I attended a recognition event that featured the celebration of a retiring CEO and the introduction of his successor. As the speakers were acknowledging the legacy of the retiring CEO, one theme emerged: “As a leader, he bridged differences.” One definition of “bridge,” when used as a verb, is “to make a connection where […]

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Shoulder Tapping

Sep 21, 2015 By (Bio) One Comment

I recently read the book, “My Calling to Fulfill,” by John E. Sharp. The book is about Orie O. Miller who led Mennonite work in education, mission, peacemaking, and mental health. He developed most of the major Mennonite agencies that exist today, including Mennonite Central Committee, Eastern Mennonite Missions, and Goshen College. Miller had many […]

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Developing Leaders

Good leaders know that they can’t do the job alone. So empowering others to lead is a major responsibility of a leader. How do leaders empower others to lead? Recently I read a book entitled Christian Reflections on The Leadership Challenge, edited by James Kouzes & Barry Posner. The authors suggest the following ways of […]

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Getting Better at Doing Good

June 20, 2014 Getting Better at Doing Good by Gerald Meck During the past four years, as well as in previous leadership experiences with nonprofit organizations, I’ve become very aware of the scope of responsibility boards of directors have to assure they protect an organization’s mission and follow fiduciary and governance requirements.                                      I’ve drawn […]

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How Are You Doing?

Dec 20, 2013 By (Bio) No Comments

December 20, 2013 How Are You Doing? by Gerald Meck I exercise regularly.  The other day, while at the gym I asked a senior gentleman, How are you?  This is the standard way I greet people. On this particular day, I was in a hurry to complete my routine.  I asked the question out of […]

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Leadership Lessons Learned on the Farm

Jun 20, 2013 By (Bio) No Comments
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June 20, 2013 Leadership Lessons Learned on the Farm by Gerald Meck It’s 7:30 on a Sunday evening and I have just arrived at my nephews’ dairy farm in Berks County, Pennsylvania with my 12 year old granddaughter, Maya. Maya lives in Hartford, Connecticut and has aspirations to become a “big animal” veterinarian someday. We […]

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Becoming a Sage

Feb 21, 2013 By (Bio) No Comments

February 21, 2013 Becoming a Sage by Gerald Meck All of us go through different stages of life.  Several weeks ago I signed up for Social Security. I resisted this for a time partly because I do not consider myself to be old. At church several weeks ago, someone described those of us over 65 […]

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Leaving a Legacy

Oct 19, 2012 By (Bio) No Comments
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October 19, 2012 Leaving a Legacy by Gerald Meck “Our days are numbered. One of the primary goals in our lives should be to prepare for our last day. The legacy we leave is not just in our possessions, but in the quality of our lives. What preparation should we be making now? The greatest […]

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Governance as Leadership

June 20, 2012 Governance as Leadership by Gerald Meck During my 40 years of nonprofit executive leadership, and more recently as a consultant, I’ve been reminded of the critical role of the board of directors in the operation of an organization. Recently I was reading a book entitled Governance as Leadership by Richard Chait which […]

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