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Board-CEO Relationship

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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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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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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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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