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Extraordinary Board Leadership: The Keys to High Impact Governing, Second Edition

Author(s): Doug Eadie
  • ISBN-13: 9780763755430
  • Paperback    190 pages      © 2009
Price: $131.95 US List
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Many nonprofits never take full advantage of their board members. Extraordinary Board Leadership: The Keys to High Impact Governing deals with an incredibly important topic – “high-impact governing” – which is at the heart not only of a nonprofit’s effectiveness, but also the key to a positive, productive, and enduring board-CEO partnership. This text offers practical, hands-on guidance, which is based on extensive real-life experience and can be put to immediate use. It goes beyond the old-fashioned “policy governance” approach in dealing with the board-CEO-executive staff partnership. The second edition of this successful book presents a more precise definition of “high-impact governing”. It recognizes that the collaborative enterprise of governing requires a close partnership between a high-impact governing board and a truly “board-savvy” CEO, and it also discusses standing committees -- one of the preeminent drivers of high-impact governing -- in greater detail. The second edition also includes more case studies and new information aimed at public governing bodies, as well as more tables and charts to accompany a fresh new text design.


Features & Benefits

Filled with very practical, down-to-earth guidance that CEOs and other nonprofit/quasi-public leaders can put to immediate use and with numerous real-life examples that are drawn from the author's 25 years of work with hundreds of nonprofits.

Deals with the emotional and psychological dimension of the board-CEO partnership, providing readers with practical advice in building board member feelings of ownership and commitment to their governing work.

Provides the most up-to-date treatment of a function that is widely seen as the “gold standard” of board involvement:  leading innovation and change.




Chapter 1:      The High-Impact Governing Model 

Chapter 2:      The Board-Savvy CEO

Chapter 3:      Board Standing Committees and Other Structural Questions

Chapter 4:      Board Self-Management

Chapter 5:      Involving Your Board in Leading Change

Chapter 6:      Involving Your Board in Operational Planning and External Relations

Chapter 7:      Managing the Board-CEO Partnership

Suggested Bibliography


About the Author


Doug Eadie

Doug Eadie is the founder and president of Doug Eadie & Company. Over the past 25 years, Doug has consulted with over 500 nonprofit and public organizations in the areas of board and chief executive leadership and strategic change management. Developer of the High-Impact Governing Model, Doug is the author of sixteen books on public and nonprofit leadership in addition to Extraordinary Board Leadership, which the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) selected to receive its H.S. Warwick Research Award for 2002.

Before founding his consulting practice, Doug held a variety of public and nonprofit executive positions, including state and city budget director and community college vice president. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer for three years, teaching ancient history and English at the Tafari Makonnen Secondary School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Doug is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana and received his master of science in management degree from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

Doug and his wife Barbara Krai reside in Oldsmar, Florida.

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