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About Your Core Values Statement: A Powerful Leadership Tool

September 14, 2017 0 Comments

          Doug Eadie

Since two extraordinary nonprofit leaders – Lynne Thomas Gordon and Michelle Mason – will be recording a podcast for this blog on the recently updated values statement of the Association Forum, I thought it would be useful to …

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Leadership Lessons From a Highly Successful CEO

August 25, 2017 0 Comments

       Doug Eadie

Not long into my first in-depth conversation with Curtis Stitt, I realized that I was in the company of an uncommonly thoughtful CEO who was a deeply serious, passionate student of board and chief executive leadership. And I …

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CEO Jeff Thomson: the Chief Energizer at Work at IMA

August 16, 2017 0 Comments

   Jeffrey Thomson

A few years ago, the day after facilitating a daylong nonprofit board-CEO retreat at the Wallace Center of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York, I spent several hours strolling through the …

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Two Defining Traits of Successful Chiefs of Staff

June 23, 2017 0 Comments

       Doug Eadie

The June 15 article at this blog makes the case for the chief of staff position in the CEO’s office as a viable alternative to the CEO-chief operating officer (COO) structure:  http://extraordinaryceo.com/chief-staff-alternative-ceo-coo-structure/  If you’re considering adding a chief …

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The Chief of Staff Alternative To the CEO-COO Structure

June 15, 2017 0 Comments

     Doug Eadie

The two most recent articles at this blog have explored the CEO-chief operating officer leadership structure, which has proved very effective in freeing up CEO time for direct interaction with the governing board and with key external stakeholders, …

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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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