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Talking to Members About Change

Posted on February 17, 2017 · Posted in Board of Directors

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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STOP… and Review Your Government Affairs

Posted on February 15, 2017 · Posted in Government Affairs

The onslaught of legislation and regulations never lets up. From a California legislator offering an amendment to a bill, to a Senator’s staffer asking questions about your association’s policy agenda to a new item popping up in the Federal Register… the demands of leading and managing a government affairs operation..
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As CEO, You Will Leave: Plan On It

Posted on February 8, 2017 · Posted in CEO

As the CEO of your association you deal with an ever-changing environment with many uncertainties. There is probably only one thing you know with absolute certainty… you will leave your association someday. You may leave due to another opportunity, you may leave due to your getting fired, you may retire,..
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Association Leaders: Stop Kicking Butt

Posted on February 3, 2017 · Posted in Board of Directors

Associations and association leaders will often legitimize their existence by trying to destroy another association or company. They determine their value to their membership by how badly they treat their opposition. In fact, they sometimes brag about how much their opposition detests them and will market this to their membership..
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Addressing Bad Board Behavior: Don’t Be Afraid

Posted on January 27, 2017 · Posted in Board of Directors

During my career in association management and consulting, I have seen some very bad behavior on the part of individual board members. Lying, manipulating, bullying. Using the association to advance their own personal business interests. Inappropriately using their position on the board to advance their effort to move up the..
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