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Visionary Leadership, the book

In just 3 weeks, my fourth book, Visionary Leadership, will be available. In it I detail case studies of CEOs, the I know personally, who have risen to deliver visionary results beyond their organizations and members, leaving the world better than they found it. These CEOs are leveraging leadership and harvesting powerful returns for their …

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Patrick Spear, GMDC, and his Skunk Works

I love to tell stories of exceptional CEOs, and I’ve got one for you today — Patrick Spear, of GMDC, the Global Market Development Center. GMDC is a global trade association for the retail industry, connecting retailers, wholesalers, suppliers, and service and solution companies, in the general merchandise, and health, beauty, wellness categories. At a recent GMDC …

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Getting the Most from Your Board

I’ve worked with many boards leading strategic planning retreats, professional development seminars, and grand challenge discussions. Some boards are high-functioning. Others are not. Through my work, I’ve identified four areas in which the most high-functioning boards excel, and each of the four areas is the responsibility of the organization’s CEO. If you are a CEO looking …

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Market Awareness and Visionary Leadership

I’ve distilled the Visionary Leadership skillsets down to three super categories: Market awareness Association leadership Self-development Each of the three categories has its own set of skills. Today we will tackle, market awareness which includes: Detecting larger patterns Ecosystem leadership Systems thinking Identifying disruptions Detecting larger patterns is about noticing what’s going on in the …

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Visionary Leadership Self-assessment

The 20 years I’ve worked with visionary leaders has led to the identification of a core set of competencies found in the most successful executives. Customized to leading in the association space, these ten competencies fit into three categories: Market Awareness Eco-system leadership Systems thinking Identifying disruptions Detecting larger patterns Association Leadership Reframing obstacles as …

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Portfolio Evaluation

 A special thank you and shout out to Henry Chamberlain, CEO of the Building Owners and Managers Association International for his willingness to let me draw from our experience as we prepared for a portfolio review, including the potential of sunsetting existing programs. Portfolio evaluation is always a challenging exercise. BOMA’s new strategic plan …

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Optimizing Your Social Systems

An association’s social systems include all the constellations of people who work together to achieve the organization’s objectives. There are two things leaders can do to optimize social systems. First, remember these groups are people. People who need to be appreciated and need the positive feedback required to make them rise up, become enthusiastic and …

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