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Board-CEO Relationship

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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Pay Close Attention to Your Board Chair’s Non-Monetary Compensation

November 8, 2021 0 Comments

A couple of years ago, I was chatting over lunch with the CEO of a local nonprofit economic development corporation about her incoming board chair.  She was feeling pretty apprehensive since her relationship with the outgoing chair had been really …

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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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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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Two Lynchpins of a High-Performing Board Committee Structure

August 17, 2020 0 Comments

While preparing for a four-hour Zoom work session a couple of weeks ago 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 …

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Using the CEO Evaluation Process to Help Cement Your Partnership With the Board

March 9, 2020 0 Comments

As always, I learned as much as I taught from the economic development chief executives participating in the workshop I presented on February 10 at the Leadership Summit of the International Economic Development Council – “Cementing the Board-CEO Partnership in …

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Leaders, CEOs, Teachers: Birds of a Feather

May 6, 2019 0 Comments

In Chicago recently to present a program for nonprofit chief executives on board-CEO relations, I made a side trip to visit a well-regarded nonprofit corporation, Smith Crossing, a retirement community southwest of the city.  During my brief visit, I had …

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Four Governing Hats New-Model CEOs Wear

April 10, 2019 0 Comments

I’ll be in Chicago this coming weekend, speaking to around 300 chief executives from all over the country about practical ways to build and maintain a really healthy, enduring board-CEO partnership that can withstand the inevitable stresses and strains at …

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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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