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End Note (The Work Begins)

Mick Fleming

Whether you’re a chamber volunteer, CEO or staff person, or even a person in a related field, you probably realized that the job of leading businesses and leading communities seems tougher than anything your predecessors in influential roles ever experienced. That’s okay. It simply means you’re in the right place. You see the challenges of the future and you’re trying to tackle them on behalf of a business community that needs your help.

Where would you rather be and what would you rather be doing? What industry, organization, sector, or endeavor is not dealing with a future that looks daunting? Would publishing be a safer profession? Perhaps the energy business presents a more predictable future. Government employment? Real estate? None are safe, and few industries can top yours for impact on the world around you.

Few professionals or volunteers can say this: “I work or volunteer in an organization that makes a difference for everybody else.”

The unique position for those who toil and serve in chambers and similar economic-civic entities is that you can understand and interact with all of the challenges and excitement on tap in the next 10 years in every sector. When you make a visit to sell or serve a member, the trepidations they express about the next year or decade will become yours. You’ll own them and it can hurt, but unlike almost any other job in the world, you have the chance to invest your future helping them turn their pain into gain, for their companies, your community and your nation.

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