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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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Association Forum CEO Michelle Mason on Developing Her Board’s Composition

December 14, 2016 0 Comments
     Michelle Mason

Michelle Mason

Extraordinary nonprofit chief executives are extraordinarily board-savvy, meaning that among other things they take accountability for playing the leading role in building their boards’ governing capacity.  As extremely busy volunteers, board members can’t realistically be expected to take …

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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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