Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Is It Time to Leave Your Association CEO?


I was networking with an association communications and membership professional at the ASAE2014 annual meeting.
She laid out her frustrations with her boss, the association’s new CEO.

Some of the items I remember:
  • He reviews and changes the association’s magazine ... causing delays in publication and costly changes during the printing process.
  • He revises the annual convention program ... after contracts have been signed ... causing increased costs.
  • He changes the association theme ... after he had originally approving it.
  • He moves the primary role for media relations to his former department.
In short she and her staff are extremely frustrated, frazzled and flummoxed.

She asked me for my advice; I offered three:
  1. You can’t change your boss, so see if you can find ways to work with him.
  2. In the meantime, follow his “rules” to the hilt, even if it causes delays and higher costs.
  3. Start your search for a new position. (Remember, it is easier to find a job when you have a job.)
What advice would you give her?

PS. I had a friend who once had a CEO with this micro-management bent ... down to selecting ink colors for publications. On her last day, she took him the PMS color book and said, “You’re on your own now.”

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