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Association CEOs: R-E-S-P-E-C-T Your Board

Posted on December 7, 2018 · Posted in Board of Directors, CEO

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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Micromanage: Never Use This Word Again

Posted on November 30, 2018 · Posted in Board of Directors, CEO

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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Is Your Association Clumsy?

Posted on November 16, 2018 · Posted in Governance

Does your staff trip all over themselves as they attempt to do their work? When a decision needs to be made, does everyone stop in their tracks in order to try to figure out who makes the decision and how it gets made? Does your policies and procedures manual weigh..
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Reviewing Your Association’s Governance: Why?

Posted on November 9, 2018 · Posted in Governance

The governance structure and process at your association is working fine, right? Sure, it could be more efficient. And it could be more effective. But it’s doing okay… right? Hmmm… let’s talk about that. What are some reasons why every association should regularly review and reform its governance structure and..
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Your Association’s Committees: Problematic or Effective?

Posted on November 2, 2018 · Posted in Committees

Are your association’s committees doing work as directed by your Board of Directors? Are they advancing the strategic plan of the association? Are they effectively and efficiently utilizing the time and talents of your volunteers? Here are some signs that your committee structure and process is having problems: Never-ending committees...
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Tired of Boring Board Meetings?

Posted on October 26, 2018 · Posted in Board of Directors

Are you bored of your association’s Board meetings? Does the very thought of sitting through hours of verbal reports make your head drop? If someone says, “I’d like to offer a secondary motion to the original motion once we move to pass the motion on the motion”… do you scream..
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The Next Steps for Your Strategic Plan: Prioritize and Budget

Posted on October 19, 2018 · Posted in Strategic Planning

So you’ve got your strategic plan. The plan includes your goals, objectives and strategies. It was developed with the input of your membership and reflects the environment in which your association operates. Congratulations! Now what? Too often, associations stop once they have created the strategic plan. But it is at..
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#1 Thing to Do When Handling a Difficult Conversation

Posted on October 12, 2018 · 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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3 Keys to Trust Between Association Board and CEO

Posted on October 5, 2018 · 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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Budget for Your Strategic Plan First

Posted on September 28, 2018 · Posted in Strategic Planning

Your association’s strategic plan identifies the most important goals and objectives for your organization. And the most important goals and objectives of your organization should get the appropriate level of resources before any other programs, initiatives or services at your association. In other words, budget for your strategic plan first...
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