The CEO as Innovator-in-Chief

The CEO as Innovator-in-Chief

Leadership September 14, 2015 By: Doug Eadie

Great executives do more than generate new ideas. They know how to implement them and get stakeholders and staffers to support them. Here are some of the essential elements of being a successful change agent.

Over the past quarter-century I've been privileged to work with and closely observe a number of association CEOs who have spearheaded significant innovation in their associations: Jeff Finkle of the International Economic Development Council, Christopher Fox of the International and American Associations for Dental Research, Katie Burnham Laverty of the Society for Nonprofits, Cheryl Ronk, CAE, of the Michigan Society of Association Executives, and Lana Vukovljak of the Council of Residential Specialists. Two factors appear to be most critical to their success: being what I call "change-savvy," and playing key functional roles as chief process designer, chief motivator, and chief enabler....