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Association Board Leaders: Move Gracefully Off the Scene

Posted on September 22, 2017 · Posted in Board of Directors

Grace (ɡrās). Noun. A way of moving that is smooth and attractive. A controlled, polite, and pleasant way of behaving in social situations.  __________ As a former association leader, you need to move gracefully off the scene. You have played a leadership role at your association. Maybe as the President,..
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The Next Steps for Your Strategic Plan: Prioritize and Budget

Posted on September 16, 2017 · Posted in Strategic Planning

So you’ve got your strategic plan. The strategic plan reflects the vision of your association. The plan includes your goals, objectives and strategies. It was developed with the input of your membership and reflects the environment in which your association operates. The plan was drafted, reviewed and ultimately approved by..
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The Association Board Governs – That’s It

Posted on September 15, 2017 · Posted in Board of Directors, Governance

The role of the board of directors at an association is to govern the association. So why do so many associations insist on time demands that pull their board leaders away from governing the association? The governance of the association is the unique role for the association’s board of directors…..
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Association Committees: 3 Roles for Your Board and 3 Roles for Your CEO

Posted on September 14, 2017 · 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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Strategic Planning: Simplify, simplify, simplify

Posted on September 9, 2017 · Posted in Strategic Planning

Henry David Thoreau wrote, “Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify, simplify.” Of course, if Henry was so much about simplification, why did he write the word “simplify” three times? But who am I to question one of the great American authors, philosophers and poets of the 19th..
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Association Board Member: You’re Not the Board

Posted on September 8, 2017 · Posted in Board of Directors

If you are a member of an association board of directors, you have no authority as an individual board member. You only have authority based on the collective decisions made by the board of directors as a whole. As an individual board member, you do not have the authority to..
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Association Governance Changes That Hurt You

Posted on · Posted in Governance

Many associations are recognizing that their current governance is antiquated and not appropriate for the modern day challenges that they face. They are taking on the tough task of reviewing their governance and making changes to better serve the association, the members of the association and the industry, profession or..
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Associations: Stay In Your Lane

Posted on September 2, 2017 · Posted in Strategic Planning

  Does every single program, service or initiative at your association help you reach your vision? Is every single program, service or initiative at your association consistent with your mission? If not, get rid of them. Too often associations will get involved in businesses or opportunities that wander from their..
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Association Boards: Praise Your CEO!

Posted on September 1, 2017 · Posted in Board of Directors, CEO

The CEO of your association has obviously had a successful career or they would not be your CEO. They have moved up the ladder, addressed challenges and opportunities, and demonstrated their leadership capabilities. And they finally landed a coveted CEO position at your organization. Someone this successful doesn’t need to..
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Is Your Association Clumsy?

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Does your staff trip all over themselves as they attempt to do their work? When a decision needs to be made, does everyone stop in their tracks in order to try to figure out who makes the decision and how it gets made? Does your policies and procedures manual weigh..
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