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Crises Demand Energizers-in-Chief at All Levels

October 13, 2020 0 Comments

This post first appeared in March 2020 as the pandemic still afflicting our nation was in its early stages.  In light of the tremendous positive response and the even greater need for energizing leadership in these demoralizing times, we are

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Hitting the Ground Running With Your New Board: The Board Chair-CEO Partnership

September 30, 2020 0 Comments

In the video interview featured in last week’s post at this blog, Jeff Finkle and Craig Richard astutely observe that one of the key building blocks of a solid board-CEO partnership is the CEO’s  building a close, productive working relationship …

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Jeff Finkle and Craig Richard on Hitting the Ground Running With Your New Board

September 25, 2020 0 Comments

Our readers are no doubt aware of our recent decision to focus our Extraordinary CEO blog  on leadership in the economic and community development arena.  Our updated mission is “to provide – in close cooperation with the International Economic

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What, Me Afraid of a Big Board?

August 21, 2020 0 Comments

A little over four years ago, Jeff Finkle, President of the International Economic Development Council, and Virginia Jacko, President & CEO of the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, recorded one of the all-time most popular podcasts for this blog.   They

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Two Lynchpins of a High-Performing Board Committee Structure

August 17, 2020 0 Comments

While preparing for a four-hour Zoom work session a couple of weeks ago with the chief executive and executive team of a nonprofit economic development corporation, focusing on preparation for the launch of a new board committee structure, I reflected …

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Combatting the Zoom Muzzle Syndrome (ZMS)

August 6, 2020 0 Comments

Since mid-March of this year I’ve participated – wearing my governance counsel hat – in numerous virtual work sessions of client governing boards and standing committees, employing the popular Zoom video conferencing platform.  Zooming has made it possible for my …

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Suzanne McCormick on Her First Year as US President, United Way Worldwide

July 10, 2020 0 Comments

Not long into the video interview I recorded last week with Suzanne McCormick, who took the helm as US President of United Way Worldwide a year ago, I was struck by her fresh, open-minded view of the nonprofit chief executive’s …

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On the Eve of Independence Day

July 3, 2020 0 Comments

The following essay is excerpted from a post that originally appeared in this blog some four years ago.  On the eve of our 2020 Independence Day celebration, I think it is appropriate to reflect on the meaning of this national

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Highline Superintendent Susan Enfield:  Energizer-in-Chief Extraordinaire

May 13, 2020 0 Comments

Our readers will recall that the March 31 post at this blog, “Crises Demand Energizers-in-Chief at All Levels” (https://extraordinaryceo.com/crises-demand-energizers-in-chief-at-all-levels/), describes chief executives who wear the Energizer-in-Chief hat in tackling the twin challenges of education and inspiration during crises …

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Benjamin Rose Institute’s CEO Orion Bell: Connector-in-Chief Extraordinaire

May 7, 2020 0 Comments

Over the course of my thirty-plus years of work with nonprofit/public chief executives, one of the more dramatic CEO role shifts I’ve observed has been the transformation of Ms. Inside to Ms. Outside.  It’s now widely recognized in all sectors …

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