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The CEO-COO Partnership: Thriving and Paying Big Dividends at Astor Services

May 19, 2017 0 Comments

In this new …

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So You’re Thinking About Adding a Chief Operating Officer To Your Executive Team?

April 26, 2017 0 Comments

Doug Eadie

A two-person executive office consisting of a chief executive officer and chief operating officer (typically known as “COO”) is a staple in the for-profit sector.  This set-up has the CEO focusing on overall corporate strategy, governance, and the …

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Don’t Let Your Board Beat You To the Punch

April 14, 2017 0 Comments

A couple of years ago I got a call from the chief executive of a regional transit authority who wanted to discuss a situation that was causing him more than a little heartburn.  In a nutshell, his board’s executive committee …

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Vision: Your Board’s Driver of Innovation and Change

March 24, 2017 0 Comments

A few months ago I sat in on a meeting of the board planning committee of a nonprofit economic development corporation.  We were running through an outline of the agenda for the corporation’s upcoming board-CEO-executive team daylong “strategic work session,” …

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Board-Savvy CEOs Don’t Bury Their Board in Paper

March 7, 2017 0 Comments

I recently sat in on a fascinating work session involving a nonprofit board’s performance oversight and monitoring committee,  the CEO, CFO and three other senior executives.  They spent around two hours thinking through the kinds of information that the committee …

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Another Insidious Foe: That Strategic Planning is a Powerful Innovation Tool

March 1, 2017 0 Comments

I tell the following true story in my book Changing By Design (Josey-Bass):

Almost thirty years ago, when I was serving as budget officer of a state government’s urban affairs department, I had the good fortune to participate in the

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Fostering Innovative CEO Leadership: a Conversation With Bob Eckardt

February 17, 2017 0 Comments

Robert Eckardt

Whenever you come across a nonprofit organization that is thriving and growing in these rapidly changing, challenging times, you’re virtually certain to find an extraordinary CEO at the helm wearing what I call the “Chief Innovator” hat.  Sue …

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Our Land of Opportunity – Still

February 6, 2017 0 Comments

Doug Eadie

This article originally appeared at my DougEadie.com blog a little under a year ago.  I thought it might resonate with our readers today. 

“You know”, I said, “if you go back far enough, the overwhelming majority of us …

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Ownership: the Breakfast of Change Champions

February 2, 2017 0 Comments

I sat in on a really consequential meeting a little over a year ago.  The board planning and development committee of a state professional association spent 3 ½ hours brainstorming how to handle the patently obvious need to do a …

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Kick Off 2017 By Updating Your CEO Governance Strategy

January 3, 2017 0 Comments

Preparing for a recent CEO coaching session, I fine-tuned the process that I’d developed several years ago for updating the CEO’s Governance Strategy.  All really board-savvy CEOs know that governance (encompassing the work of the board and the board-CEO partnership) …

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