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What is Associations Unorthodox?

Principled Innovation

Far too much of the advice given to boards, CEOs and senior executives today implies there is only one right way to correct the problems facing their organizations.

Associations Unorthodox e-book available on August 8

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Jeff De Cagna’s new e-book, Associations Unorthodox: Six Really Radical Shifts Toward the Future , will be available as a free download beginning this Wednesday, August 8. The e-book was produced in collaboration with DC-based branding firm, CHIEF.

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Three design challenges for 21st century association business models

Principled Innovation

Association boards, CEOs and senior executives will need to answer a wide variety of questions as they embark on the work of developing new business models to enable their organizations to thrive over the next decade and beyond.

How Technology is Transforming Strategy

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Boards, CEOs and other leaders must now reimagine the practice of strategy if they are going to build truly remarkable organizations for the future. This post originally appeared last Wednesday on the ResultsDirect AssociationCentric Blog. Remarkable…simply remarkable. I find it remarkable that it is February 2013, and I am still reading magazine articles advising associations to create strategic plans every five or six years, and encouraging leaders to review those plans just once a year.

Associations Unorthodox Shift #3:Eliminate budgets

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Moreover, the inflexible constraints of traditional budgets constantly place association CEOs and C-Suite executives in the difficult position of having to justify to boards how dynamic external forces wreak havoc with fixed internal agreements around both revenue streams and costs. How is your association’s budget used as a mechanism of control by your board, CEO, senior staff or other leaders?

Join Jeff for Better Boards Workshop on March 8 in Denver

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The Building Better Boards workshop is intended for association board leaders and members, CEOs, C-Suite/senior executives and staff involved in managing board work. Join Jeff De Cagna of Principled Innovation on Friday, March 8, 2013 in Denver for a full-day workshop on Building Better Boards , presented by the Colorado Society of Association Executives. Registration for the workshop is now open.

Serious Questions: Are associations dead?

Principled Innovation

The CEO had just read my new e-book, Associations Unorthodox: Six Really Radical Shifts Toward the Future , and he wondered whether I actually believe associations are “dead” in the long run. In August, I launched the P. Serious Questions newsletter. Each issue of the newsletter presents a serious question on which I offer my thoughts for newsletter subscribers. Today, I am publishing what I wrote on the September 2012 Serious Question of the Month on the P.I.

Overcoming the association value gap: part I

Principled Innovation

Of course, this is extremely difficult to do, so in Part II later this month, I will explore how boards, CEOs, and C-suite executives can work together to overcome the association value gap. This post originally appeared on the Associations Now Leadership Blog on March 7, 2013. In a recent post , Associations Now blogger Joe Rominiecki shared what both he and I regard as a startling fact: 53 percent of associations surveyed in 2011 had raised their dues in the previous three years.

Making Innovation Happen Survey: Sharing Key Results

Principled Innovation

A key takeaway from the survey results is that while association CEOs are focused on driving innovation primarily as a cultural intervention, they are having less success with building innovation as a sustainable organizational capability. Blog, and, in the fall, I will be releasing an executive briefing memo for boards, CEOs and C-Suite executives with recommendations, advice and guidance for pursuing the work of innovation, based on the survey results. Video not showing?

Jeff De Cagna to deliver keynote at CESSE 2013 Annual Meeting

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We’re looking forward to Jeff challenging CESSE 2013 participants to think beyond orthodoxy,” said Tony Keane , president and CEO of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) in Houston, Texas, and CESSE vice president. Jeff De Cagna , chief strategist and founder of Principled Innovation, has been selected as the opening keynote speaker for the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE) 2013 Annual Meeting.

Associations Unorthdox Shift #6: Build a strategically legitimate board

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While the size, method of selection and composition of boards, the role of executive committees and the nature of CEO-board relationships can look very different depending on the association, all of these choices connect back to certain deep-seated beliefs about how boards are supposed to function. Chief elected officers do not need to exercise executive authority and micro-manage their CEOs.

P.I. Making Innovation Happen Survey is now open

Principled Innovation

The inaugural Principled Innovation Making Innovation Happen Survey for Association CEOs is now open and accepting responses. All association CEOs are invited to complete the survey , which can be found online at [link]. As innovation becomes a more significant strategic priority in the association community, Principled Innovation will be tracking the challenges association CEOs face in making innovation happen within their organizations.

Why business model thinking matters to associations

Principled Innovation

Working against both the irresistible forces of intense and relentless societal transformation and the immovable object of an enduring yet failing association orthodoxy, association boards, CEOs and C-Suite executives, along with other staff and voluntary leaders, must collaborate to prepare their organizations to thrive in a volatile and uncertain future. All CEOs are evaluated on the success or failure of the association’s value creation efforts.

Serious Questions: What will it take for your association’s stakeholders to thrive?

Principled Innovation

Perhaps the most difficult thing for boards and CEOs to accept is that the answer to this question is almost certainly not “a membership in your association.” Last month, I launched the P. Serious Questions newsletter. Each issue of the newsletter presents a serious question on which I offer my thoughts for newsletter subscribers. Starting this month and going forward, I will post the previous month’s serious question and response to the P.I.

Announcing the Making Innovation Happen Survey!

Principled Innovation

It is my great pleasure to announce that Principled Innovation is launching the inaugural Making Innovation Happen Survey for Association CEOs this morning! If you are an association CEO, we invite you to take this important survey.

Jeff De Cagna serving as curator for ACE Symposium on July 12

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The ACE Symposium is open exclusively to association CEOs, and CEO attendees may register their #2 executives to participate with them in the event. The ACE Symposium will feature nine CEO Thought Leaders presenting 15-minute TED style talks organized into three critical conversation themes: the future of membership, the future of new value creation and the future of leadership. The ACE Symposium is open exclusively to association CEOs, and CEO attendees may register [.]

Overcoming the association value gap: part II

Principled Innovation

To make this happen, boards, CEOs, C-suite executives, and other contributors need to think beyond orthodoxy and embrace a 21st-century sensibility in their pursuit of business model innovation. This post originally appeared on the Associations Now Leadership Blog on March 28, 2013. You can read Part I here. In Part I of this series earlier this month, I identified the association value gap as an underlying structural problem within membership-centric business models.

Making Innovation Happen Survey: Preliminary Results

Principled Innovation

More than 100 association CEOs from across the country responded to the survey, and there are some very important findings for our community: +Association CEOs report they value innovation both personally and professionally, and recognize the necessity of innovation to create new value for their stakeholders as their organizations face increased competition in the years ahead.

ASAE12 Making Innovation Happen workshop agenda released

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Association CEOs and C-Suite executives attending ASAE12 are invited to participate in the workshop, which will take place on Sunday, August 12 from 1:30 pm-5:30 pm in Room D161 of the Dallas Convention Center. Association CEOs and C-Suite executives planning to attend the workshop are asked to view an online presentation to prepare for the session. Association CEOs and C-Suite executives attending ASAE12 are invited to participate in the workshop on Sunday, August 12.

Associations Unorthodox Shift #2: Crowdsource strategy

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Despite its inherent contradictions and obvious weaknesses, the work of strategic planning continues unabated in associations, perhaps because boards and CEOs have been told at every opportunity their organizations must have a strategic plan. Last Tuesday, I began this series of blog posts on the six shifts presented in my new e-book, Associations Unorthodox: Six Really Radical Shifts Toward the Future , created in collaboration with CHIEF.

Jeff De Cagna to speak at ASAE12 in Dallas

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The schedule of Jeff’s formal and informal sessions is below: On Sunday, August 12 from 1:30 pm-5:30 pm CDT, Jeff will present a four-hour workshop, “ Making Innovation Happen: An Executive Learning Experience for Association CEOs ” in Room D161 of the Dallas Convention Center. Association CEOs and C-Suite executives are invited to attend this intensive workshop, during which Jeff will share key results from the P.I.

Sign up for Serious Questions

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All association board members, CEOs, C-Suite executives and other leaders are invited to sign up for Serious Questions at the following link: [link]. In early August, Principled Innovation will launch Serious Questions, a regular electronic briefing for senior association leaders.

Why CEOs Need to Lead on Cybersecurity

Associations Now

CEOs have the dilemma of rationally thinking about security threats, while recognizing that those threats are very real. Problem is, the CEO often isn’t. The post Why CEOs Need to Lead on Cybersecurity appeared first on Associations Now

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Conversation with Sitrion CEO about Culture

Jamie Notter

After my keynote last year for Sitrion’s client conference, I sat down with Daniel Kraft, their super-smart CEO, and chatted about culture and human organizations.

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The Downside of CEO Experience

Jamie Notter

I had not intended to create a little CEO theme on the blog, but after Monday’s post on the role of the CEO (still looking for CEOs to weigh in on that, by the way), I came across an interesting article in the MIT Sloan Management Review about the “ CEO Experience Trap.”

A CEO’s Perspective on Successful Strategic Planning

Associations Now

CEO Steve Pasierb shares four tips on how to get it done. To learn the ins and outs of the process, I chatted with its President and CEO, Steve Pasierb. The post A CEO’s Perspective on Successful Strategic Planning appeared first on Associations Now

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CEO Checklist for Membership Sales

JP Moery

A CEO "checklist" can evaluate your business development scenarios. Fire these questions to your sales team about the top 5 member prospects. What was the frequency of the last three communications?Was Was the dialogue about the prospect''s need or your menu of benefits? Review the notes, letter, email.Do you have email, phone (don''t forget mobile) and a second contact person for prospect? Which member is a perfect referral for the prospect?

New CEOs and Culture Change


Have you read our article in Associations Now about new CEOs dealing with organizational culture yet? New CEOs have a golden opportunity to embark on the difficult work of changing organizational culture. These four lessons from CEOs who have been there can help others seize the day.

What a Recruiter Looks for in CEO Candidates

Associations Now

If you’re on the hunt for a CEO job, it’s good to have some hard numbers to talk about—how much you’ve increased revenue, membership, attendance, and so on. Boards these days really expect CEOs to have a global view.

More CEO Wisdom

Jamie Notter

PwC does an annual survey of CEOs. Pertti Korhonen, President and CEO, Outotec Oyj, Finland. Sándor Csányi, Chairman and CEO, OTP Bank Plc., Dr. John Coustas, President and CEO, Danaos Corporation, Greece. Carl Sheldon, CEO, TAQA, United Arab Emirates.

The Skills an Association CEO Needs

Associations Now

Some debates have a way of enduring, and we’ll likely never settle the question of whether an association CEO is better off coming from a background in association management or hails from the industry the association represents.

The Four Pillars of the CEO Job

Jamie Notter

With the exception of Jeff De Cagna’s comment and Mark Athitakis’ post over at Associations Now , I haven’t seen anyone answer my question from last week: What is the job of the CEO? The result is an undue burden on the CEO to articulate and model the culture.

What is the Job of the CEO?

Jamie Notter

What, exactly, is the job of the CEO in an organization? ” I know there is an obvious “it depends” part of the answer, but leaving the specifics of your situation aside, what is the CEO responsible for? The CEO is the sole position at the top of the org chart, right?

Four Key Leadership Traits, According to the CEO Genome Project

Associations Now

A decade’s worth of research went into the CEO Genome Project, an effort to identify the characteristics that define high-performing chief executives. So what do the most effective CEOs have in common? Effective CEOs don’t simply make decisions.

Three Tips for Brand-New CEOs

Associations Now

A new association needs to expect the unexpected, but the author of The New CEO’s Guide has some guidance for surviving the first year on the job. As CEO orientation processes go, it’s hard to beat 17 straight hours on the road with your board chair.

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How Higher CEO Pay Can Impact an Entire Organization

Associations Now

Association CEO compensation is up these days. CEO Salary Dynamics ,” [PDF] a new research paper from the ASAE Foundation and Naylor Association Solutions, reports that CEO compensation has swelled in the post-Great Recession years.

How a Young CEO Can Help Navigate Changing Member Demographics

Associations Now

About a year ago, in response to increasing generational shifts among its 2,400 members, WSAJ decided to hire a young CEO: 34-year-old Liz Berry. The post How a Young CEO Can Help Navigate Changing Member Demographics appeared first on Associations Now

Why CEOs Shouldn’t (Always) Embrace Their Staff Cultures

Associations Now

A new study suggests that CEOs whose cultural values match those of their staffs’ can struggle. According to a recent report in the Journal of Applied Psychology , it’s not always in the best interest of the CEO to adhere to the culture of the organization that he or she leads.

The Right Way to Kick Off a CEO-Board Relationship

Associations Now

Working with a board for the first time will test a CEO’s soft-skills savvy. If you’re a new CEO, you already know your board at least a little bit—a few of its members have likely sat on the executive search committee that hired you.

Roadmap for a Successful CEO Search

Association Adviser

Having an experienced, engaged board is never as important as when your association is hiring a new CEO. The association and non-profit sector is undergoing increasing CEO transitions because of retirement, resignations for other opportunities and board-prompted departures.