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

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Jeff Finkle:  Master of the Nonprofit Governing Game

June 28, 2021 0 Comments

Since Jeff Finkle’s recent announcement of his impending retirement as the long-serving President/CEO of the International Economic Development Council, I’ve been reflecting on our work together on the governance improvement front over the past 26 years.  In my professional opinion, …

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Your Board Chair:  a Primo Stakeholder You Neglect at Your Peril

May 21, 2021 0 Comments

The special board work session had been scheduled to consider a key recommendation coming out of the daylong board-CEO-executive team governance retreat three weeks earlier: replacing the board’s dysfunctional silo committees (e.g.,  business retention) with committees aligned with the board’s …

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Your CEO Mindset is Key to Successfully Partnering With Your Board

May 12, 2021 0 Comments

A staple of my one-on-one governance coaching sessions with economic and community development CEOs in recent years has been the critical role that what I call “Mindset” plays in building and maintaining a close, positive, productive and enduring board-CEO partnership.  …

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Transforming the Clay County EDC Board Into a Governing Powerhouse

May 4, 2021 0 Comments

Early in my governance consulting career, I made a rookie mistake that taught me a valuable lesson that has served me well over the years.  When the CEO of a chamber of commerce in the Southeastern US asked me to …

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Solving the Board Development Puzzle:  the How

April 14, 2021 0 Comments

Our readers might recall that the March 25 post at this blog dealt with two pieces of the board development puzzle:  WHAT does board development mean?  WHY is it critical that the CEO spearhead board development, wearing the Board Developer-in-Chief …

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Tri-ED:  Creatively and Courageously Meeting the Pandemic Challenge

April 7, 2021 0 Comments

As Board Vice Chair and Immediate Past Chair Bob Heil and President & CEO Lee Crume of the Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation (Tri-ED) explain in the video interview we recently recorded, the future looked bright as 2020 dawned.  …

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Solving the Board Development Puzzle: the What and the Why

March 25, 2021 0 Comments

The half-day Zoom governance workshop I presented a couple of weeks ago for 25-some CEOs of a  diverse array of economic and community development corporations included a segment on board development.  Early in my career I would  have been a …

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King Richard III:  Making the Case For Proactive, Aggressive Image Building

March 2, 2021 0 Comments

And therefore since I cannot prove a lover to entertain these fair well-spoken days, I am determined to prove a villain and hate the idle pleasures of these days.  Plots have I laid, inductions dangerous….

Ah, King Richard III:   how …

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Beware of the Emperor’s New Clothes Syndrome

February 12, 2021 0 Comments

“You’re pretty obviously over your head and can’t really understand what we’re doing.  Instead of getting people riled up, why don’t you get yourself up to speed and join the team?”  This is what I was told in so many …

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Enriching ACCE Board Composition on CEO Sheree Anne Kelly’s Watch

January 29, 2021 0 Comments

As our readers know, governing is essentially a people business.  Far from being an abstract concept, governing boards are essentially the people serving on them, and governing is a low-tech, people-intensive “production” process requiring only minimal capital investment to make …

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