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3 Keys to Success for an Association CEO and Government Affairs

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Government affairs is an important part of almost every association in America. And any association CEO will be judged by how successful the association is in meeting its government affairs goals. What are the keys to success for an association CEO when it comes to government affairs? (1) Know Where..
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Your Lobbyist is the Least Effective Lobbyist Around

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Every association with a substantial interest in the area of government affairs, whether federal, state or local, needs to have lobbyists on their payroll. This can be either someone on your association staff or an external lobbying firm, or a combination of the two. Your lobbying team will have knowledge..
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The Association President-CEO Team: Help Each Other Succeed

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The association President and CEO are the member and staff leaders of the association. They need to work well with one another. But even beyond that, they should be actively working to ensure that the other is succeeding at their position and job. There should never be any surprises between..
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Who Is Competing With Your Association?

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As an association leader, you need to honestly determine who is competing with your association… and not get caught up in the idea that your association is utterly unique and valuable to your members. Trust me, you have competitors. And if you don’t know who your competitors are then your..
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Association Leaders: Stop Saying You’re Overworked

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Many times over the years I have heard association board leaders say that they have to commit a tremendous number of hours per week to do their work. In fact, I have actually heard a board leader say that they spend over 50 hours a week at their volunteer position!..
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Get Rid of Your Association’s Programs

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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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Associations: Stay In Your Lane

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  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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Micromanage: Never Use This Word Again

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If you have ever spent any time serving on an association board or working as association staff, you have heard the word “micromanage” pop up… usually in a heated discussion: “The Board is always trying to micromanage my job as CEO of the association!” “As a board member, I feel..
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Why Are You Reading a Blog on Associations a Week Before Christmas?

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Stop reading! Go shopping! Drink some egg nog! Decorate your tree (it’s been sitting there for days now)! Reading a blog on associations is the last thing you should be doing right now… even a blog as awesome as this blog. It’s been my pleasure to bring the BACon Blog..
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4 Things Your Association Volunteers Want

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Every association struggles with identifying and recruiting volunteers for their association and then putting those volunteers to work on tasks that help the association achieve its goals. A great approach to improving how you identify and recruit your volunteers is to look at it from the perspective of your potential..
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