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Overcoming Obstacles with a Business Leadership Development Program

The vice president of a large non-profit organization called me today: “Our management council is planning a retreat for a day and a half. It’s eight people,” Dave told me. “Can you come and facilitate it?”

I checked the dates. “I can make it,” I said. “What’s the most important decision you face?”

“Our president is retiring,” Dave said. “We’ve begun to talk about leadership succession. He wants to accomplish all goals in the strategic plan before he leaves.”

“What’s the focus of the plan?”

“Well,” he said, “We are about to launch a $200 million fund-raising campaign.”

“Whew,” I said. “That’s four times what you’ve ever raised before.”

“Yes, I know. We’ll need 100% of our president’s time devoted to fund-raising if we’re to succeed.”

“That’s a big shift,” I said. “Can he make the change?”

“He’s acting as if he’s going to find new time to do it,” Dave said. “That’s not going to happen. He needs to change how he operates.”

“It sounds like the whole team might need to change their behavior,” I said. Then I posed this question: “How can you make the highest and best use of all your leadership resources?”

“That’s a good question,” Dave said.

“What are the obstacles to making the best use of your leadership time? What are the structural obstacles and the fear obstacles? How can you overcome them?”

There was a pause.

“Can you catch a plane this afternoon?” Dave asked. “I think we need to start this conversation today!”

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Eric Douglas

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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