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Addressing Bad Board Behavior: Don’t Be Afraid

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During my career in association management and consulting, I have seen some very bad behavior on the part of individual board members. Lying, manipulating, bullying. Using the association to advance their own personal business interests. Inappropriately using their position on the board to advance their effort to move up the..
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Association Presidents: The CEO Is Not Your Employee

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Some association member leaders, when they rise to the position of president at their association, think that they have become the boss of the association and start bossing people around. Specifically, they think that the CEO of the association is someone to whom they can give directives and that the..
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Boards and CEOs: Get On the Same Page

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“You didn’t meet our expectations,” said the board member. “Yes I did,” said the CEO. “See, here is the memorandum I shared with you on the first day I began as your CEO. I have met and exceeded the expectations laid out in the memo that the board approved.” “Our..
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Address Problems Before Your New CEO Shows Up

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When a new CEO starts at an association it is an opportunity for a fresh review of the association and a fresh perspective on the issues and challenges facing the association. New CEOs are often expected to take a long look at things and propose solutions and address problems. But..
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You Need a New CEO? 5 Steps to Take

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Developing a CEO Transition Plan helps an association Board of Directors as you transition from your current Chief Executive Officer to your next CEO. If your CEO is retiring or taking another position, or if you have made the decision that it is time to move forward with a new..
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The Association President: Only 2 Key Responsibilities

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The President of an association has only two key responsibilities: Lead the board and support the CEO. The board is the primary governance entity of the association. The CEO (or Executive Director depending on the title used at the association) is the primary staff leader at the association. The association..
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Association CEOs: It’s Not Your Board

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Nothing is more irksome than when an association CEO refers to “MY board”. The phrase “MY board” is usually included in a disparaging comment about the board of directors of the association, such as “I tell MY board what decisions they should make” or “MY board couldn’t govern their way..
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CHARGE! How Your Association Board Directs Your Association’s Committees

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Your association’s committees exist for one reason: To assist the board of directors in the conduct of their work. Associations are governed by their board of directors. The board has specific work that only the board can conduct and they need to stay focused on that work. To assist them,..
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You’re A Member of the Board: Act Like It

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When you become a member of the Board of Directors for an association, you have a fiduciary obligation to fulfill. This is not something to be taken lightly. You have an obligation to act in the best interests of the association and its members. You have no choice… you have..
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Stop the Work of Your Board and Focus on How Your Board Does Its Work

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When was the last time that you focused on how your association’s board does its work? Really gave it a long, hard look. It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Association leaders get so busy in the rush of current events that they do not take the time to step back..
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