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Doug Eadie helps nonprofit and public CEOs become stronger leaders through his books, consulting, and speaking.

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Sue Buchholtz: Serial Social Entrepreneur

March 8, 2019 0 Comments

Sue Buchholtz, then President & CEO of The Spring, a nonprofit serving victims of domestic violence, made a vivid impression when I first met her in early 2002, shortly after my wife Barbara and I had relocated to Tampa Bay …

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CEO Jeff Thomson: the Chief Energizer at Work at IMA

February 26, 2019 0 Comments

This post and accompanying podcast by IMA President and CEO Jeff Thomson originally appeared in August 2017.    It’s being re-posted because of the enthusiastic feedback we’ve received since it first appeared.

A few years ago, the day after facilitating a …

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CEO Jeff Knueppel Walks the Employee Engagement Talk at SEPTA

February 5, 2019 0 Comments

Early in my career I experienced at close range a CEO not walking his talk.  I was serving as chief of staff to the president of a large three-campus community college.  With the urging of his board’s officers, my boss …

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METRO’s Tom Lambert: Consummate Innovator-in-Chief

January 25, 2019 0 Comments

The podcast that Tom Lambert, President & CEO of the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, recorded for this blog describes METRO’s new Office of Innovation, which has proved to be a very effective generator of “out of the box” …

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Emerging New CEO Governing Model

January 7, 2019 0 Comments

The following article is excerpted from Doug Eadie and Dave Stackrow’s forthcoming book, Becoming Your Board’s Chief Governing Partner:  a Practical Guidebook for Transit CEOs and CEO-aspirants.

In our travels around the country these days, we see an increasing …

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The Captain of Your Strategic Governing Team

January 3, 2019 0 Comments

The following article is excerpted from Doug Eadie and Dave Stackrow’s forthcoming book, Becoming Your Board’s Chief Governing Partner:  a Practical Guidebook for Transit CEOs and CEO-aspirants.

When a public transit board  chooses its CEO, it’s also choosing the …

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Building a New Board-CEO Partnership at the American Association of Orthodontists

November 26, 2018 0 Comments

The most recent podcast in this blog’s ongoing series on building solid board-CEO partnerships features my interview with Board Chair Dr. Brent Larson and new Executive Director Lynne Thomas Gordon of the American Association of Orthodontists.  Interviewing Brent and Lynne, …

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Taking Core Values Seriously at the Association Forum of Chicagoland

November 9, 2018 0 Comments

  

A couple of months ago I was sitting in on a meeting of the board planning committee and CEO of a large regional nonprofit corporation engaged in regional economic and community development. This was the first of three committee meetings …

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COTA’s Board Chair and CEO Talk About Breaking the Traditional CEO Mold

November 2, 2018 0 Comments

Traditionally, at the top of the list of qualifications public transit boards specify when recruiting candidates for the CEO position is in-depth operational experience. So it’s no surprise that over the years the great majority of vacant CEO positions have …

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Caveat Emptor: an Axiom All Really Board-Savvy CEOs Take to Heart

October 19, 2018 0 Comments

To judge from participants’ questions during and after the workshop that I presented on September 25 at the American Public Transportation Association Annual Meeting in Nashville, one of the concepts I discussed that struck a real chord was that “board-savvy” …

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