The day you stop learning about whatever it is you do is the day that will mark your decline in it.
For the Association CEO, though, what is there specifically to learn about, to get better at doing?
Association CEO Handbook (ACH) breaks the association CEO position into six separate elements, each with its own set of parts and pieces, so you can learn more about them and get better at doing them.
As a mostly learn-by-doing career, the experience and training of the association CEO is routinely idiosyncratic-moving up through the ranks in associations of varying sizes, types and cultures. And for the mid-career executive, thrust fresh and new into the world of associations at the CEO level, a holistic look at the association CEO position can be even more crucial.
ACH offers a top-down, all- around look at associations and what CEOs do in them. Through the Six Elements of the Association CEO Position, you will be introduced to concepts such as the Management/Leadership Continuum, the Rule of Tiers, the Rule of the Two Authorities and the Zone of Complexity that so mark the uniqueness of the association CEO experience.
ACH also includes a Workbook to help use what is taken from the Six Elements and apply them to your current organization and well as in your personal career alignment.
ACH is dedicated to the work
of associations everywhere and
to all those who lead them.
The Six Elements
ACH is comprised of two parts: Six Elements of the Association CEO Position and the ACH Workbook.
The ACH Workbook contains exercises to use what is taken from the Six Elements to analyze and improve the operations and direction of your current association as well as to focus more clearly on how your current position aligns with your career goals.
The Six Elements are:
1. Change and Leadership
How an association’s structure impacts the role and functions of its CEO.
Selected particularities and characteristics of the Association CEO position.
The 18 Fundamentals found in every association, the operational matrix of the CEO’s role.
Association deliverables as they define the CEO position and provide venues for growth within it.
The Overarching and Core Practical responsibilities of the association CEO.
6. Board/CEO Partnership
The Board/CEO relationship and the basis of its partnership nature.
Career Tracking has to do with ending up where you want to be rather than where time and fate might deposit you. Surprisingly, many association CEOs do not have career objectives beyond doing well in their current position. As the responsible CEO asks of their organization where it should be in five years, they might just as rightly be asking it of themselves. Responsible career tracking is nothing more than the present-day application of a time-honored rule of the sea – One hand for the ship and one hand for yourself. Ten Rules of Career Tracking are offered.
Faith is finding the good in yourself and believing that the things and people around you are better for it. It has to do with seizing life’s force and willing your way into the future. Faith puts time on your side.
Courage is what we must have to live a good life each day, every day. It is a conscious act, a commitment to do the good as we see it. Being a good person is not easy and you cannot be one without courage.
Discipline is understanding that you can control your needs and desires and deciding to do it. Without discipline, you get largely what is provided by others. With discipline, much if not all of what you need can be yours.
Patience means having the strength to give things time to go your way. It’s what you get when you have the other three.