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Understanding Chamber Business A chamber is a voluntarymembership based businessorganization that serves theirmember’s collective interests
Generic Roles of a Chamber/Association Work proactively to improve the sectors / region’s profitability and competitiveness (R&D) Work effectively to represent the sectors interests at all levels of the legislative regulatory process (Policy Advocacy) Supply sound information and advice for members (PR & Communications) Promote exports and other market opportunities (Trade facilitation) Promote training and education (Training) Work to ensure practice of principals of good governance (Ethics)
Role of Office Bearers Develop specific objectives and business plan. Support and Execute business plan. Proactively participate in policy advocacy initiatives. Promote Chamber’s image.
Role of Staff Support and Implementation: Operations Staff and financial management Strategic planning Membership development Program/service development and delivery Policy recommendations to the MC/EC Research and Development Member communication
Your Challenges as Secretary Generals Remain ethical Improve Skills Protect Staff Hire quality HR Be creative Build a professional organization How many of you read your own emails?
Key Issues with Business Associations Understanding of Purpose Vision Continuity Leadership Will to excel Capacity of staff Inability to operate as a business Unethical practices
Typical Areas of Concern Compensation (Hiring/Firing/promotion) Conflict of Interest Solicitation Buying/Selling/travel Financial Integrity (gifts/donations) Investment Policies Accountability Strategic Management
Who many business associations are there in Pakistan? ONE REASON FOR NON- EFFECTIVENESS
President Office Media Publication & Library Department SecretariatTechnology ORG Membership HR and Admin Finance R&D
Key Thing that Great Leaders do! BUILD GREAT INSTITUTIONS CREATE GREAT TEAMS MAKE THINGS HAPPEN
“There is no such thing as a perfectleader, either in the past or present, in Chinaor elsewhere. If there is one, he is onlypretending, like a pig inverting spring onionsinto his nose in an effort to look like anelephant.” —Liu Shao-Chi — Which means wemust consistently strive to improveourselves”.
Did you ever Ask yourself“Why am I unable to do what Iwant to do?
Stumbling BlocksLack of Skills Ouch! Political YOU Fights
How to become Bullet Proof?Start making decisionsStop leg pulling Start delegatingStart training staffStart training office bearersBut you can do all that only if………. You are Brave Enough to Say No!