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STOP… and Review Your Government Affairs

Posted on November 15, 2014 · Posted in Miscellaneous

The onslaught of legislation and regulations never lets up. From a California legislator offering an amendment to a bill, to a Senator’s staffer asking questions about your association’s policy agenda to a new item popping up in the Federal Register… the demands of leading and managing a government affairs operation..
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Be Sharp: Clarity Between Policies and Procedures

Posted on November 8, 2014 · Posted in Governance

A consistent and regular review of association policies and procedures makes for a well-run organization. But before diving into this much-needed effort, the first step should be to clearly define the difference between a policy and a procedure. And in clearly defining the difference between a policy and a procedure,..
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Are You Really Committed to Your Vision and Mission?

Posted on October 31, 2014 · Posted in Governance

The guiding star for your association is your vision and mission.  Did you read your vision and mission today?  If I asked you to recite your vision and mission, could you? I have another question for you: Do you feel at times like your association is off target, that it..
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Are You Dumping on Your Board?

Posted on October 25, 2014 · Posted in Board of Directors, Governance

300-page board book.  25-page memo.  200-page budget.  Is this how you communicate with your board? Giving your association’s board of directors everything on an issue is not communicating with your board, even if they say they want everything.  They don’t want everything… they want what they need in order to..
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Strategic Planning: Simplify, simplify, simplify

Posted on October 7, 2014 · Posted in Strategic Planning

Henry David Thoreau wrote, “Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify, simplify.” Of course, if Henry was so much about simplification, why did he write the word “simplify” three times? But who am I to question one of the great American authors, philosophers and poets of the 19th..
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Invest In Your Veeps: Senior Management Team Development

Posted on September 24, 2014 · Posted in Board of Directors

As an association CEO, you spend a considerable amount of time investing in your Board of Directors.  From new board member orientation, ensuring the effective management of your board meetings, to an ongoing process of board development and training… you invest a lot (or at least you should be investing..
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Lending an EAR to Your Association CEO

Posted on July 8, 2014 · Posted in Miscellaneous

Being a CEO of an association can be a very lonely position at times and having someone with whom to consult on a regular basis allows the CEO to talk with someone who is a neutral party and brings a different viewpoint to the issues the CEO is facing. As a former..
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