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Your Association’s Government Affairs: Ask the Tough Questions

Posted on September 14, 2018 · Posted in Government Affairs

It can be difficult for board members to provide appropriate leadership and oversight of the government affairs operation at your association. At times it is even difficult for the CEO to provide oversight and leadership of a critical area for your association. The staff leader of your government affairs operation..
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Association Committees: 3 Roles for Your Board and 3 Roles for Your CEO

Posted on September 7, 2018 · Posted in Committees

One of the most important elements of an effective and efficient association is clear roles and responsibilities throughout the association. This includes your Board of Directors, your member volunteers, your CEO, and the staff at your association. And when it comes to your association committees, there are 3 main roles..
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Help Your Board Be a Board

Posted on August 24, 2018 · Posted in Board of Directors

A new staff person joins your association. The first thing you do is have them sit in on an incredibly important meeting, ask that they make very critical decisions about the future of your association, and tell them they need to do this without getting any information or background about..
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The Association Board-Member-Staff Triangle

Posted on August 17, 2018 · Posted in Board of Directors

Association board members and association staff are often challenged with having difficult conversations with association members. Sometimes board members will put staff in difficult positions: “Call Jane… she’ll take care of your problem.” “You’re right! Jim doesn’t understand the issues we face!” “What? Ellen didn’t return your phone call? I..
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Dysfunctional Association Boards: It’s Not Just the Board

Posted on August 10, 2018 · Posted in Board of Directors

Is your association’s board of directors dysfunctional? Is the atmosphere during board meetings tense and antagonistic? Are board members undercutting the decisions of the board of directors? Is the focus of the board somewhere other than the association’s strategic plan? Well, the fact that the association board is dysfunctional is..
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Association Leaders: Stop Saying You’re Overworked

Posted on August 2, 2018 · Posted in Board of Directors

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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Roadblocks to Innovation at Your Association

Posted on July 27, 2018 · Posted in Strategic Planning

Your association will never be innovative if your association is badly managed, badly governed and clumsy. These are the roadblocks to innovation and you need to remove these roadblocks before you’ll ever be able to establish a culture of innovation. Establishing a culture of innovation is not buying a foosball..
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The Board Creates the Plan and the CEO Manages the Plan

Posted on July 13, 2018 · Posted in Strategic Planning

When association boards of directors and association CEOs have challenges working with one another, almost inevitably the root of the problem is unclear roles and responsibilities. This includes roles and responsibilities regarding the association’s strategic plan. At the outset of your strategic planning process, you should establish clear roles and..
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The Association Governance Divide

Posted on June 22, 2018 · Posted in Governance

There is an association governance divide… and it’s getting wider. Numerous associations are recognizing that their current governance is antiquated and not appropriate for the challenges of the 21st century. They are taking on the tough challenge of reviewing their governance and making changes to best serve the association, the..
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3 Ways to Improve Your Association’s Programs

Posted on June 14, 2018 · Posted in Strategic Planning

Getting better every single day should be the goal of every association. And one area on which you should be constantly striving to improve is ensuring the quality and effectiveness of your programs. For the purposes of this discussion, association programs refers to the array of programs, services and initiatives..
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