Make your move toward the top
Based on research conducted with the support of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) involving more than 100 not-for-profit CEOs, as well as the author’s professional background, The Not-for-Profit CEO serves as both an authoritative reference guide and a practical workbook. In addition to sample tables, forms, and checklists, it offers case studies of leading not-for-profit CEOs, complete with illuminating interviews that enable readers to understand and implement the proven steps destined to get them to the top seat of any not-for-profit organization.
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About the Author
WALTER P. PIDGEON Jr., PhD, is President and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance—U.S. Sportsmen's Foundation, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, with government affairs offices in Washington, D.C. He is a seasoned not-for-profit leader, having served in a number of key professional positions, including chief executive officer at four national organizations. He is also a nationally recognized consultant in the areas of administration, strategic thinking, volunteer management, government affairs, and fundraising. A prolific writer and researcher on a variety of subjects, he's the author of The Legislative Labyrinth: A Map for Not-for-Profits and The Universal Benefits of Volunteering, both published by Wiley.
Table of Contents
Chief Executive Officers Who Participated in the Study.
Chapter 1: The Evolution of the Not-for-Profit CEO Position.
The Process Began Much Earlier Than You Think.
The Rise of Volunteer-Driven Organizations.
Transition from a Frontier Nation to an Industrial Nation.
Defining the Not-for-Prof it.
The Volunteer’s Role.
Introduction of the Professional Leader.
Chapter 2: How Not-for-Profit CEOs Attain Their Positions.
Historical Overview of Attaining CEO Positions.
Just Who Is CEO Material, Anyway?
How Should I Prepare to Become a CEO?
The Road Less Traveled.
Take the Comprehensive Approach.
The Reality Check.
Chapter 3: How Not-for-Profit CEOs Retain Their Positions.
Demonstrate Personal Skills.
The First Six Months Is Critical.
The Initial Review Findings.
Work with Volunteers and the Board.
The Leader’s Relationship with the Organization’s Staff.
Lessons of the Past.
Anticipated Challenges for the Future.
Personal Enrichment Needs.
Chapter 4: Case Studies of Successful Not-for-Profit Ceos.
The Research Methodology and Presentation.
Synopsis of the Participating Not-for-Profit CEOs.
Chapter 5: Suggested Methods of Attaining a CEO Position.
The Use of a Self-Assessment Tool.
Take a Realistic Look at the Prize.
Education: What’s In and What’s Not.
Know the Turf.
Get Past the Brick Wall.
Find a Mentor.
Listen to the Experts.
Put Together the Package You Need.
How to Find The Position.
Chapter 6: The CEO’s Survival Kit.
Maintaining Your Personal Edge.
Optimizing the First Six Months.
The Review Document.
Achieving a Full Partnership with Your Board.
Creating a Staff Team.
Making a Difference.
Chapter 7: Positioning Yourself to Attain a Higher-Level CEO Position.
Time for the Next Step.
What the Participating CEOs Told Us.
Search Firm Relationships.
Preparing for the Next CEO Position.
Chapter 8: Summary of the National Study of Not-For-Profit CEOs.
Career Prof iles of the Participating Not-for-Prof it CEOs.
Participating CEOs’ Advice and Insight on the Survey Questions.
Epilogue: A Message to Volunteer Leaders.
Additional Sources of Information.
What People are Saying About This
"I highly recommend this publication for students and professionalsin the field who aspire to become CEO’s someday as well as tocurrent CEOs who want to bolster their positions or seek newleadership opportunities. The Not-For-Profit CEO should be a partof every association executive’s library."—John H. Graham, IV, President and Chief Executive officer,American Society of Association Executives, Washington, DC
"The Not-For Profit CEO should be required reading for studentsin nonprofit management programs, as well as, for any aspiring CEO.This book is not only well researched, but it includes practicalinformation on methods for attaining and retaining a CEO position.Those who work in all types of nonprofit organizations can benefitfrom Doctor Pidgeon’s landmark work."—Katherine M Finley, CAE, CFRE, Executive Director,Association for Research on Nonprofit, Organizations &Voluntary Action, Indianapolis, IN
"Once again Dr. Bud Pidgeon has written a book which should beon your professional bookshelf. CEOs of not-for-profit associationsface unique organizational challenges which require specific skillsin this text. As a new generation of association leaders aspire tobecome CEO’s, this book should be at the top of their readinglists."—David L. Kushner, CAE, CMP, President and Chief ExecutiveOfficer, Professional Convention Management Association, Chicago,IL