A key career-planning tool for aspiring CEOs of not-for-profit organizations The success of a not-for-profit often depends on the role that a not-for-profit CEO plays. Written by a respected authority and frequent speaker, this essential book for aspiring CEOs provides valuable information on attaining and retaining the position of CEO. This hands-on guide contains sample forms, checklists, and case studies that enable readers to understand and implement the steps essential to making a move toward the top. Packed with material covering every step of the journey to the CEO's chair, it is a practical tool for developing a plan from the ground up. Walter P. Pidgeon Jr. (Columbus, OH) is President and CEO 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's a frequent speaker and author of numerous articles and books, including The Legislative Labyrinth: A Map for Not-for-Profits (0-471-40069-6) and The Universal Benefits of Volunteering (0-471-18505-1), both published by Wiley.
"I highly recommend this publication for students and professionals in the field who aspire to become CEO?s someday as well as to current CEOs who want to bolster their positions or seek new leadership opportunities. The Not-For-Profit CEO should be a part of 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 students in nonprofit management programs, as well as, for any aspiring CEO. This book is not only well researched, but it includes practical information on methods for attaining and retaining a CEO position. Those who work in all types of nonprofit organizations can benefit from 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 be on your professional bookshelf. CEOs of not-for-profit associations face unique organizational challenges which require specific skills in this text. As a new generation of association leaders aspire to become CEO?s, this book should be at the top of their reading lists."
?David L. Kushner, CAE, CMP, President and Chief Executive Officer, Professional Convention Management Association, Chicago, IL
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.