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The Association Board-Member-Staff Triangle

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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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Top 2 Things on Which You Need to Spend Time as an Association CEO

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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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What Do You Do If You Disagree with Your Board?

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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

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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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Association Board Leaders: Move Gracefully Off the Scene

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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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Association Board Member: You’re Not the Board

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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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3 Ways to Improve Your Association’s Programs

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Getting better every single day should be the goal of every association. And one area on which you should be constantly striving to improve is ensuring the quality and effectiveness of your programs. For the purposes of this discussion, association programs refers to the array of programs, services and initiatives..
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Association CEOs: Respect Your Board

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Association CEOs: Don’t refer to the board of directors for whom you work as “your board”. As in, “My board does this” or “My board does that.” Referring to the association board of directors, the highest governing authority at the association at which you are employed, as “your board” is..
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Association Boards: Praise Your CEO!

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The CEO of your association has obviously had a successful career or they would not be your CEO. They have moved up the ladder, addressed challenges and opportunities, and demonstrated their leadership capabilities. And they finally landed a coveted CEO position at your organization. Someone this successful doesn’t need to..
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How To Address Bad Board Behavior

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Last week we talked about the necessity of addressing bad board behavior at your association. This week we’ll talk about how to address the behavior. Association board members who are behaving inappropriately (including sharing confidential information about board deliberations with others, intentionally misrepresenting information so as to advance an issue..
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