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Streamlining Governance and Enhancing Member Engagement

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The clear trend in association governance is more streamlined and manageable governance that leads to better decision-making at the association and better usage of the association’s limited resources, including financial, staff and volunteer resources. Moving from an overly large board of directors or a bloated committee system to a smaller,..
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Board-Only Meetings: Destructive To The Association

Board-only meetings are almost always a bad idea. They damage effective decision-making and erode trust. And they often play to the worst instincts on the part of association board members who are behaving badly. The role for an association’s board of directors is one of leadership, direction and vision. The..
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Do As the Board Says: 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. If your association has a committee that is not doing this then you have a committee that is thwarting the work of the association. Associations are governed by their Board of..
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Culture Always Matters… And Should Always Come First

If the strategic plan is the work of the association and governance is the process for the work of the association, then culture is how the work of the association gets done. And the best strategic plan and the perfect governance system will always die on the shoals of a..
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Be Sharp: Clarity Between Policies and Procedures

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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?

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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?

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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