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Get Rid of Your Association’s Programs

Posted on June 15, 2017 · Posted in Miscellaneous

A thought experiment: Suppose a program for your association went away today. Would members notice? Would the membership be any less appropriately served? Would your profession, industry or cause be worse off? Or, would it not matter one iota? Programs at associations often have a life of their own and..
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What Do You Do If You Disagree with Your Board?

Posted on June 9, 2017 · Posted in Board of Directors

As a member of an association board of directors, you want to do what you can to ensure that the board’s decision-making process is transparent and fair. You want to make sure that the issues being presented to the board of directors are properly framed and that the range of..
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5 Steps for Improving Your Board’s Performance

Posted on June 2, 2017 · Posted in Board of Directors

Association boards can get better. Your association board can get better. But how do you get better? Here are 5 steps for improving the performance of your association board: One, educate the board about the best practices of other association boards. There is a lot of information on the best..
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Great Association Policies: 5 Questions to Ask

Posted on May 19, 2017 · Posted in Strategic Planning

Associations tend to create a lot of policies… internal policies on the management of the association and external policies on issues facing the members of the association. One reason for the excess of policies is badly conceived policies. Policies are often slapped together in haste, run through the grinder of..
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Association Board Leaders: Move Gracefully Off the Scene

Posted on May 12, 2017 · Posted in Board of Directors

Grace (ɡrās). Noun. A way of moving that is smooth and attractive. A controlled, polite, and pleasant way of behaving in social situations.  __________ As a former association leader, you need to move gracefully off the scene. You have played a leadership role at your association. Maybe as the President,..
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Associations: Stay In Your Lane

Posted on May 5, 2017 · Posted in Miscellaneous

  Does every single program, service or initiative at your association help you reach your vision? Is every single program, service or initiative at your association consistent with your mission? If not, get rid of them. Too often associations will get involved in businesses or opportunities that wander from their..
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6 Signs That Your Association Isn’t Planning Strategically

Posted on April 28, 2017 · Posted in Strategic Planning

Is your association planning strategically? Here are 6 signs that you’re not: 1. Don’t have a strategic plan. Yeah, um… if you don’t have a strategic plan, you’re not planning strategically. 2. Strategic plan does not drive the decisions of the association. When you reach a decision point, whether it’s..
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The Board Creates the Plan and the CEO Manages the Plan

Posted on April 21, 2017 · Posted in Strategic Planning

When association boards of directors and association CEOs have challenges working with one another, almost inevitably the root of the problem is unclear roles and responsibilities. This includes roles and responsibilities regarding the association’s strategic plan. At the outset of your strategic planning process, you should establish clear roles and..
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Association Board Member: You’re Not the Board

Posted on April 7, 2017 · Posted in Board of Directors

If you are a member of an association board of directors, you have no authority as an individual board member. You only have authority based on the collective decisions made by the board of directors as a whole. As an individual board member, you do not have the authority to..
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The Association Governance Divide

Posted on March 31, 2017 · Posted in Governance

There is an association governance divide… and it’s getting wider. Numerous associations are recognizing that their current governance is antiquated and not appropriate for the challenges of the 21st century. They are taking on the tough challenge of reviewing their governance and making changes to best serve the association, the..
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