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Your Association’s Strategic Plan: 4 Key Moments

Posted on April 13, 2018 · Posted in Strategic Planning

Strategic planning is not something that your association does every five years then forgets. It is the most important activity for your association, the most important focus of your Board of Directors and the most important work of your association staff. There are 4 key moments when your association should..
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Association Presidents: Job #1 is Leading the Board

Posted on April 6, 2018 · Posted in Board of Directors

As the president of an association, your number one job is to lead the board of directors. Most of your time should be dedicated to this one thing. It is very easy to lose focus when you become president of an association. Suddenly everyone wants your time and attention. You..
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Embrace Your New Board Members

Posted on March 22, 2018 · Posted in Board of Directors

Having new members coming onto the association board of directors can be an anxious time for an association CEO. You don’t know what issues motivate them, how they will work with their board colleagues, or if they understand the best way to interact with the association’s staff. Instead of worrying..
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Disengaged Association Board Members: 5 Root Causes

Posted on March 16, 2018 · Posted in Board of Directors

Association boards with disengaged members can lead to significant problems for your association. Board members not fulfilling their fiduciary responsibilities. Boards allowing staff to lead and govern the association. Bad decision-making that harms the association and your members. The instinct is to blame the disengaged board member: “They don’t come..
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Your Association Can Go Away

Posted on March 8, 2018 · Posted in Strategic Planning

Association leaders at some badly run associations think their association will go on forever. They believe that, since the association has been around for decades and decades, it will always be around. They believe that the association will always be around even if the member and staff leaders are not..
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Association CEOs: Fight The Shrug!

Posted on March 2, 2018 · Posted in CEO

As the staff leader of the association, CEOs are faced with many challenges and opportunities. One of your biggest challenges is hopelessness. Whether it is updating an archaic governance structure, implementing an effective strategic planning process, or reviewing your association’s policies and procedures, you are often forced to contend with..
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Association CEO Oversight Should Be a Pleasant Experience

Posted on February 16, 2018 · Posted in CEO

One of the major responsibilities of an association board of directors is to provide oversight of the work of the association CEO, including holding them accountable. Unfortunately, too many association boards make this a negative, difficult and demeaning process for the CEO. The association board of directors holding the CEO..
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Your Association Board Needs to Direct Your Association Committees

Posted on February 9, 2018 · Posted in Board of Directors, Committees

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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6 Signs That Your Association’s Decision-Making Is in Trouble

Posted on February 2, 2018 · Posted in Board of Directors, Governance

An effective and efficient association needs an effective and efficient decision-making process. How would you rate the process at your association? Here are 6 signs that your association’s decision-making is in trouble: When a decision is needed, everyone stops in their tracks. No one knows who should make the decision...
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Don’t Tweak Your Governance: Reform It

Posted on January 26, 2018 · Posted in Board of Directors, Governance

All associations should regularly review their governance structure and process. By establishing a regular pattern of review you can avoid the crisis mentality that comes into play when you only review your governance every other decade or so. But when you review your governance, don’t tweak it. When you review..
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