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IEDC President & CEO Jeff Finkle on Learning From Mistakes

November 30, 2016 0 Comments
Jeff Finkle

Jeff Finkle

The last article posted at this blog, “So Tell Us About Your Failures,” makes the point that all CEOs fail at one time or another, but truly extraordinary CEOs turn failures into very important learning opportunities. Increasingly, in …

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So Tell Us About Your Failures

November 4, 2016 0 Comments
       Doug Eadie

    Doug Eadie

Years ago I was working as a coach to a CEO search committee that was developing the questionnaire they’d be using in interviewing candidates for the job.  One suggestion that stimulated a fair amount of discussion and proved …

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Abe Abraham on Thinking Your Way Out of the Ditch

October 27, 2016 1 Comment
Abe Abraham

Abe Abraham

I’m pleased to wholeheartedly recommend Abe Abraham’s new book, Thinking Your Way Out of the Ditch, which Abe describes in the podcast he recently recorded for www.extraordinaryceo.com.  Abe’s book tells a dramatic, inspiring and instructive true …

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The Blind Visionary Reaches Out Aggressively

October 3, 2016 0 Comments
Virginia Jacko The Blind Visionary

Virginia Jacko
The Blind Visionary

Virginia Jacko is one of the most extraordinary CEOs I’ve ever worked with.  Not only did she start all over again as a vocational rehabilitation student at the Miami Lighthouse after losing her eyesight while …

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Another Insidious Foe: Assuming That Fund Raising is a Key Governing Function

September 9, 2016 0 Comments

Insidious FoeIn one of the “board-savvy CEO” workshops I conducted recently, a participant – visibly upset – challenged my assertion that raising money wasn’t a mainline governing function.  She informed me that donors, including foundations, made it possible for her nonprofit …

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Seven Extraordinary CEOs Wearing the Creator-in-Chief Hat

August 23, 2016 0 Comments

Extraordinary CEOs Michael Anderson (Canadian Society of Association Executives), Jeff Finkle (International Economic Development Council), Rick Homans (Tampa Bay Partnership), Virginia Jacko (Miami Lighthouse for the Blind), Irene Rickus (The Children’s Home), Cheryl Ronk, (Michigan Society of Association Executives), and …

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The Extraordinary CEO as Energizer-in-Chief

August 4, 2016 0 Comments
Sir Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Churchill

Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties and so bear ourselves that, if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, “This was their finest hour.”

This is British …

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Extraordinary CEOs Who Wear the Demystifier-in-Chief Hat

July 21, 2016 0 Comments
       Doug Eadie

Doug Eadie

Little did I realize what I was getting into when I was offered my first managerial job after three years in the Peace Corps and graduate school – chief operating officer of a large but quite troubled local …

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The CEO as Innovator-in-Chief

July 12, 2016 0 Comments

iStock_000020585606Large(1)Over the past year, four podcasts addressing business model updating have been posted at this blog, featuring Rich Browdie of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, Michael Anderson and Guy Legault of the Canadian Society of Association Executives, Rick Homans …

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Your Board Chair’s Paycheck

July 5, 2016 0 Comments

       Doug Eadie

Around 14 months ago, I was chatting over lunch with the CEO of a national association about her incoming board chair.  She was feeling pretty apprehensive since her relationship with the outgoing chair had been really rocky.  He’d resisted her …

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