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6 Signs That Your Association Isn’t Planning Strategically

Posted on October 14, 2017 · Posted in Strategic Planning

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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Your Association’s Government Affairs: Ask the Tough Questions

Posted on October 10, 2017 · 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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Top 2 Things on Which You Need to Spend Time as an Association CEO

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The demands on an association CEO’s time are significant. As the staff leader of the organization, everyone wants a few minutes to run an idea by you, to get a decision from you, or to discuss a pressing issue with you. Everyone wants a piece of your time. But there..
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Your Association’s Strategic Plan: 4 Key Moments

Posted on October 7, 2017 · 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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The Association Board-Member-Staff Triangle

Posted on October 6, 2017 · 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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Don’t Tweak Your Governance: Reform It

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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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Your Association Can Go Away

Posted on September 30, 2017 · Posted in Strategic Planning

Association leaders at some very badly run associations think their association will go on forever. The association has been around for decades and decades so they assume that it will always be around, even if the member and staff leaders are not focusing on improving and updating the association. Too..
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Streamlining Governance and Enhancing Member Engagement

Posted on September 29, 2017 · Posted in Governance

The clear trend in association governance is more streamlined and manageable governance that leads to better decision-making at the association and better usage of the association’s limited resources, including financial, staff and volunteer resources. Moving from an overly large board of directors or a bloated committee system to a smaller,..
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What Do You Do If You Disagree with Your Board?

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As a member of an association board of directors, you want to do what you can to ensure that the board’s decision-making process is transparent and fair. You want to make sure that the issues being presented to the board of directors are properly framed and that the range of..
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