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The Association Board-Member-Staff Triangle

Posted on September 15, 2017 · Posted in Board of Directors

Association board members and association staff are often challenged with having difficult conversations with association members. Sometimes board members will put staff in difficult positions: “Call Jane… she’ll take care of your problem.” “You’re right! Jim doesn’t understand the issues we face!” “What? Ellen didn’t return your phone call? I..
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3 Keys to Success for an Association CEO and Government Affairs

Posted on September 8, 2017 · Posted in Miscellaneous

Government affairs is an important part of almost every association in America. And any association CEO will be judged by how successful the association is in meeting its government affairs goals. What are the keys to success for an association CEO when it comes to government affairs? (1) Know Where..
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Top 2 Things on Which You Need to Spend Time as an Association CEO

Posted on August 25, 2017 · Posted in Board of Directors

The demands on an association CEO’s time are significant. As the staff leader of the organization, everyone wants a few minutes to run an idea by you, to get a decision from you, or to discuss a pressing issue with you. Everyone wants a piece of your time. But there..
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Your Lobbyist is the Least Effective Lobbyist Around

Posted on August 18, 2017 · Posted in Miscellaneous

Every association with a substantial interest in the area of government affairs, whether federal, state or local, needs to have lobbyists on their payroll. This can be either someone on your association staff or an external lobbying firm, or a combination of the two. Your lobbying team will have knowledge..
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Wasting Your Resources On Association Governance

Posted on August 10, 2017 · Posted in Governance

You only have so many resources at your association. Why are you wasting them on association governance? Associations are becoming more and more concerned about the significant amount of resources that are dedicated to the governance of their association. These resources include association dollars, association staff time and association volunteer..
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The Association President-CEO Team: Help Each Other Succeed

Posted on August 4, 2017 · Posted in Miscellaneous

The association President and CEO are the member and staff leaders of the association. They need to work well with one another. But even beyond that, they should be actively working to ensure that the other is succeeding at their position and job. There should never be any surprises between..
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The Association Board Governs – That’s It

Posted on July 20, 2017 · Posted in Governance

The role of the board of directors at an association is to govern the association. So why do so many associations insist on time demands that pull their board leaders away from governing the association? The governance of the association is the unique role for the association’s board of directors…..
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Who Is Competing With Your Association?

Posted on July 14, 2017 · Posted in Miscellaneous

As an association leader, you need to honestly determine who is competing with your association… and not get caught up in the idea that your association is utterly unique and valuable to your members. Trust me, you have competitors. And if you don’t know who your competitors are then your..
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Association Leaders: Stop Saying You’re Overworked

Posted on July 7, 2017 · Posted in Miscellaneous

Many times over the years I have heard association board leaders say that they have to commit a tremendous number of hours per week to do their work. In fact, I have actually heard a board leader say that they spend over 50 hours a week at their volunteer position!..
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Association Governance Changes That Hurt You

Posted on June 15, 2017 · Posted in Governance

Many associations are recognizing that their current governance is antiquated and not appropriate for the modern day challenges that they face. They are taking on the tough task of reviewing their governance and making changes to better serve the association, the members of the association and the industry, profession or..
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