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

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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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Leveraging a Rich Innovation Asset:  Your Board

January 12, 2021 0 Comments

During our discussion of board engagement in strategic innovation in a CEO workshop I conducted recently, four or five participants lamented that critical, well- conceived innovation initiatives that their boards had formally approved ultimately ended up on the shelf.  One …

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The Zoom Muzzle Syndrome Redux

November 30, 2020 0 Comments

Since writing the August 6 post some four months ago I’ve learned much more about Zoom as a video conferencing resource.  For example, I know from experience that Zoom can even make bringing off a full-fledged, daylong virtual strategic governing …

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The Change Investment Portfolio:  A Practical Tool For Transformational Change Leaders

November 12, 2020 0 Comments

The November 6 post at this blog features JJ Harris, President of the Clay County Economic Development Corporation, as a prime example of a new-style chief executive:  the Transformational Change Leader.  The post describes 5 key attributes of CEOs who …

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Clay County EDC’s JJ Harris:  A Transformational Change Leader In Action

November 6, 2020 0 Comments

JJ Harris, President of the Clay County Economic Development Corporation in northeastern Florida and a member of this blog’s CEO Advisory Committee, is a prime example of a new breed of public/nonprofit chief executive officers I’m encountering with increasing frequency …

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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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