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Take a “Snapshot” of Your Association

Posted on January 19, 2018 · Posted in Strategic Planning

The first step in the regular review and update of your association’s strategic plan is information gathering. Examples of this information gathering include: Conducting a survey of your membership to solicit their views about the association and asking about issues that are important to them to which the association may..
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Are You Dumping on Your Board?

Posted on January 5, 2018 · Posted in Board of Directors

300-page board book. 25-page memo. 200-page budget. Is this how you communicate with your board? Giving the members of your association’s board of directors reams of pages on an issue is not communicating with your board. The board doesn’t want everything on an issue… they want what they need so..
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Are You Really Committed to Your Mission?

Posted on December 15, 2017 · Posted in Board of Directors, CEO

The guiding star for your association is your mission. Did you read your mission today? If I asked you to recite your mission, could you? I have another question for you: Do you feel at times like your association is off target, that it is involved in things that it..
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Talking to Members About Change

Posted on December 8, 2017 · Posted in Board of Directors, CEO, Governance

Change is tough. Even people who are innovators and change agents can, at times, have challenges with being open to, and accepting of, change. This is particularly true in the association world… members feel a real sense of ownership of their association and may feel threatened if someone is advocating..
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3 Ways Your Strategic Plan Needs to be Focused: 3 and 3 in 3

Posted on December 1, 2017 · Posted in Strategic Planning

Your association’s strategic plan needs to be focused. The very nature of a strategic plan is to be strategic… and you’re not being strategic if you’re not focused. Your strategic plan needs to be focused in 3 ways: 3 goals. 3 objectives. In 3 years. Goals. Goals are what you..
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Association Committees: Board directs and CEO manages

Posted on November 16, 2017 · Posted in Board of Directors, CEO, Committees

There are many things that association Board and staff leadership are looking for when they establish their committee and task force system: Effectiveness and efficiency A positive experience for volunteers, allowing them to serve the association by focusing on issues of importance to the association Clearer roles for each committee..
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#1 Thing to Do When Handling a Difficult Conversation

Posted on November 10, 2017 · Posted in Board of Directors, CEO

Plan. That is the number one thing you need to do when handling a difficult conversation. You know the discussion is going to be a challenge, so prepare so that the outcome is as positive as possible. So how do you plan for a difficult conversation? Identify what you would..
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More Effective Outreach: Bringing Strategy to Your Association’s Relationships

Posted on November 3, 2017 · Posted in Strategic Planning

You have to work with groups outside of your association to further the goals of your association. Almost every association recognizes this and almost every association conducts an array of meetings and activities with external groups… but many do not connect these activities to the strategic plan of their association...
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Member-Driven vs. Staff-Driven: A False Choice for Your Association

Posted on October 26, 2017 · Posted in Board of Directors, CEO

You hear it all the time during discussions about associations: Are we a member-driven association or a staff-driven association? The question usually pops up when something is going wrong… a member feels like a staff person has exceeded their decision-making authority. Or a Board member is micro-managing the staff implementation..
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3 Keys to Trust Between Association Board and CEO

Posted on October 20, 2017 · Posted in Board of Directors, CEO

The most important relationship at your association is the one between the association board and the association CEO. This relationship needs to be effective. For the relationship to be effective, it needs to be based on a foundation of trust. So, what are the keys to establishing and maintaining a..
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