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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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Help Your Board Be a Board

Posted on October 16, 2017 · 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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5 Steps for Improving Your Board’s Performance

Posted on October 15, 2017 · Posted in Board of Directors

Association boards can get better. Your association board can get better. But how do you get better? Here are 5 steps for improving the performance of your association board: One, educate the board about the best practices of other association boards. There is a lot of information on the best..
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Improve Your Board While Improving Their Lives

Posted on October 14, 2017 · Posted in Board of Directors

Every association should have an ongoing board development program in place. Your association should have regular sessions with the members of your board of directors on how they can get better at fulfilling their responsibilities as an association board member. The benefits of an ongoing board development program are many,..
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6 Signs That Your Association Isn’t Planning Strategically

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Is your association planning strategically? Here are 6 signs that you’re not: 1. Don’t have a strategic plan. Yeah, um… if you don’t have a strategic plan, you’re not planning strategically. 2. Strategic plan does not drive the decisions of the association. When you reach a decision point, whether it’s..
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The Association Governance Divide

Posted on October 13, 2017 · 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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