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CEO Nat Ford on Hitting the Ground Running As a New CEO

October 5, 2017 0 Comments

          Nat Ford

You’ve got to bring incredible passion to survive and thrive at the 24/7 job of heading a public transportation authority.  If you don’t, there’s a clear and present danger the inevitable pressures will wear you down and dangerously …

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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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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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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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Looking Beyond Conventional Leadership and Management Literature

June 10, 2016 0 Comments

Eadie_2x2 5_crop_4CI could see several raised eyebrows in the CEO workshop I was running in Minneapolis a couple of weeks ago.  I’d told the group that in recent years I’d begun to avoid the conventional leadership and management literature and, instead, …

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When Procrastination Can Be a Virtue

January 20, 2016 0 Comments

I’m one of those old dogs who every so often needs to learn a new trick – actually, in today’s rapidly changing world, ever more frequently. For example, I love writing for extraordinaryceo.com and recruiting extraordinary CEOs to contribute their …

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The Blind Visionary: Keeping Her Ego in Check and Things in Perspective

January 5, 2016 0 Comments
Virginia Jacko The Blind Visionary

Virginia Jacko
The Blind Visionary

Two previous articles at this blog have talked about Virginia Jacko, who lost her eyesight while serving as a senior financial executive at Purdue University, started all over as a vocational rehabilitation student in 2001,

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Preparing to Take the Helm at the Virginia Society of Association Executives

October 30, 2015 0 Comments
VSAE's Brandon Robinson

VSAE’s Brandon Robinson

Nonprofit and public executives who are CEO-aspirants are a key target audience for our Extraordinary CEO Blog. Our aim is not only to help them reach the top, but to survive and thrive as CEOs over the …

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Jeff Thomson: From For-Profit Executive to Nonprofit Association CEO

October 9, 2015 0 Comments

Jeffrey C. ThomsonJeff Thomson has been tremendously successful and has found deep satisfaction as President and CEO of IMA (the Association of Accountants and Financial Executives) after twenty-plus years as a corporate executive at A T & T, where his posts included …

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