CEOs Discuss the Challenges and Opportunities of Leading at a Distance

CEOs Discuss the Challenges and Opportunities of Leading at a Distance

LRI’s founder, Eric Douglas, has been engaging in a series of podcast interviews with CEOs/executive directors to learn what they are learning during this time.

Here are the top takeaways:

  1. The lack of predictability is without precedent in our lifetimes.
  2. Leaders are surprised by how quickly their managers and employees adapted.
  3. You have to make decisions quickly, sometimes with far less than the normal amount of information.
  4. Amidst this extraordinary uncertainty, there is opportunity.
  5. We need to set new ground rules for working together in a remote environment.

Ep 1: Interview with California State Auditor Elaine M. Howle

In this episode, Elaine M. Howle speaks to the changes/impacts from COVID-19. For over 20 years, Elaine has served as the California State Auditor providing accurate, unbiased, and timely assessments of state/local government entities.

Ep 2: Interview with Director of First 5 California Camille Maben

In this episode, First 5 California Executive Director Camille Maben notes the impacts of COVID-19 and lessons learned. First 5 California programs and resources are designed to educate and support teachers, parents, and caregivers in the critical role they play during a child’s first five years.

Ep 3: Interview with SMUD CEO Arlen Orchard

In this episode, Arlen Orchard, CEO of SMUD (Sacramento Municipal Utility District) highlights the key lessons learned through the pandemic. As CEO, he leads the sixth largest community-owned electric utility in the nation serving a population of 1.5 million residents and managing a $1.7 billion budget.

To tune into these podcasts, please go to

Eric Douglas

Eric Douglas is the senior partner and founder of Leading Resources Inc., a consulting firm that focuses on developing high-performing organizations. For more than 20 years, Eric has successfully helped a wide array of government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and corporations achieve breakthroughs in performance. His new book The Leadership Equation helps leaders achieve strategic clarity, manage change effectively, and build a leadership culture.

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