The Fearsome Prospect Of Changing

Long experience as an executive and consultant have taught me that many if not most people not only don’t welcome change in their lives and organizations, they can be really ingenuous at keeping it from happening.  Why the emotional resistance to changing?  It seems to me that fear is the culprit, more often than not. 

Leading By Story Telling

“The stories our leaders tell us matter, probably almost as much as the stories our parents tell us as children, because they orient us to what is, what could be, and what should be; to the worldviews they hold and to the values they hold sacred.”  This is Drew Westen a psychology professor at Emory

NLEP’s Kurt Foreman Talks With Doug Eadie About CEO Leadership

Kurt Foreman has been President & CEO of the North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP), which is headquartered in Shreveport, since 2004.  NLEP is a nonprofit economic development marketing organization that promotes fourteen parishes in the North Louisiana region, working with existing and prospective employers to encourage incremental capital investment and job creation.  Doug Eadie recently

Public Service: Alive And Well In Billings, Montana

I was privileged to spend the better part of a day last week with the Strategic Governing Team of the Billings, Montana Public School District:  the school board, superintendent, and senior administrators.  Over the course of the day – at what we called the district’s “High-Impact Governing Work Session” – we brainstormed opportunities to clarify

Lost And – Miraculously – Found

As Larry Gallatin, a fellow former Peace Corps Volunteer, and I walked from his car to the Thai restaurant where we were meeting Tariku Belay for lunch on March 16 in Minneapolis, I was feeling a trifle apprehensive.  I’d last seen Tariku in 1967, when I said goodbye to him and the other Ethiopian student, Tesfa

There’s “Smart” And There’s “Smart”

Here’s a scenario that’s all too common.  The CEO of a nonprofit association takes a really well-conceived, handsomely presented strategy for launching the pilot test of a new member service to his board.  It’s a fine piece of work:  documenting the need, articulating the objectives, laying out the action steps involved in getting the new service launched, pinning