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

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CEO-Aspirants Need to Understand How to Protect the CEO Line of Credit

June 16, 2022 0 Comments

Over the course of my 30-plus years of work with economic development organization boards and their CEOs, I’ve learned that executives aspiring to take the helm of an EDO are often woefully ill-prepared to build the kind of partnership with …

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Nathan Ohle Puts Stakeholder Relations Front and Center in Taking the Helm at IEDC

May 4, 2022 0 Comments

Building and maintaining close, positive, productive, and enduring working relationships with key internal and external stakeholders is now widely recognized as critical to a chief executive officer’s success and professional longevity at the helm.  Nathan Ohle, the new President and …

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An Innovation Engine at Work:  the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation

April 24, 2022 0 Comments

Nonprofit and public organizations blessed with visionary, determined board and executive team members are capable of fashioning and implementing significant innovation initiatives, as you’ll learn from the video I recently recorded with Conrad Mallett, Board Chair, and Kevin Johnson, President …

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CEO Leadership on the Governance Front:  Reflections on an Emerging New Model

March 24, 2022 0 Comments

This is how the chief executive officer of a large, urban public transit system responded to my question about engaging his board in the annual budget preparation process in a one-on interview kicking off a board development project a decade …

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Turning Board Members Into Board Development Champions

March 9, 2022 0 Comments

You might recall that a year or so ago, we posted two articles on the subject of board capacity building – what is popularly known as board development.  Our March 25, 2021 post makes the case for launching formal board …

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Board Chair Development Is a Fine Art at Tupelo’s Community Development Foundation

February 16, 2022 0 Comments

The landscape of nonprofit/public governance has changed dramatically in recent years.  In my travels around the country these days, I’m increasingly encountering a new breed of volunteer taking the helm of nonprofit boards of all kinds of organizations, including economic …

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Really Board-Savvy CEOs Know Enough To Avoid Recruiting Letterhead Board Members

February 1, 2022 0 Comments

Several posts at this blog have described what I call “insidious foes” of a solid board-CEO working relationship.  These are erroneous assumptions about the nature of the governing function that can cause real damage.  What makes them insidious is that …

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Two Lynchpins of a High-Performing Board Committee Structure

January 25, 2022 0 Comments

While preparing for a four-hour Zoom work session recently 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 on a seminal learning …

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Equity:  A Value-in-Action on Dr. Eloisa Klementich’s Watch at Invest Atlanta

January 18, 2022 0 Comments

Preparing for the video interview I recently recorded with Dr. Eloisa Klementich, President & CEO of Invest Atlanta – focusing on Invest Atlanta’s strong commitment to one of its preeminent core values, equity – I recalled an experience dating back …

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What Are You Paying Your Board Chair?

January 12, 2022 0 Comments

A few years ago, I was chatting over lunch with the CEO of a national association about her incoming board chair.  She was feeling pretty apprehensive since her relationship with the outgoing chair had been really rocky.  He’d resisted her …

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