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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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The Board-Savvy CEO: De Facto Captain of the Strategic Governing Team

April 14, 2020 0 Comments

Governing is a team sport if there ever was one.  I’ve never in my 30-plus years of working with nonprofit organizations come across a board that has successfully – on its own – transformed itself into a really high-impact governing …

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Energizer-in-Chief Redux:  Stakeholder Relationship Management

April 8, 2020 0 Comments

“Incredible.  We must be talking about 40 or more stakeholders.”  This was one of the responses to the question I asked in the daylong governance work session I was facilitating, after the  breakout group dealing with stakeholder relations had completed …

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Crises Demand Energizers-in-Chief at All Levels

March 31, 2020 0 Comments

“The fog of despair hung over the land.  One out of every four American workers lacked a job.  Factories that had once darkened the skies with smoke stood ghostly and silent, like extinct volcanoes.  In October the New York City …

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Using the CEO Evaluation Process to Help Cement Your Partnership With the Board

March 9, 2020 0 Comments

As always, I learned as much as I taught from the economic development chief executives participating in the workshop I presented on February 10 at the Leadership Summit of the International Economic Development Council – “Cementing the Board-CEO Partnership in …

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High-Level Volunteering at the Tampa Hillsborough EDC Isn’t Confined to Governing

February 5, 2020 0 Comments

As our readers well know, serving on a governing board is only one type of volunteering in a nonprofit organization.  High-level non-governing work that requires highly knowledgeable, skilled – and often, well-connected – volunteers includes providing technical advice in program …

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Beware of the Emperor’s New Clothes Syndrome

December 2, 2019 0 Comments

In his December 2, 2019 post, “Deep Connection,”  blogger Seth Godin (sethgodin.com) writes that when  “someone tells you what you need to hear, instead of what you’re hoping to hear, you’ve found something priceless.”  Seth’s post reminded me of the

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