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

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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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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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