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The Association Board Governs – That’s It

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 Board Member: You’re Not the Board

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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 Boards: Praise Your CEO!

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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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Association CEOs: Respect Your Board

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Association CEOs: Don’t refer to the board of directors for whom you work as “your board”. As in, “My board does this” or “My board does that.” Referring to the association board of directors, the highest governing authority at the association at which you are employed, as “your board” is..
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How To Address Bad Board Behavior

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Last week we talked about the necessity of addressing bad board behavior at your association. This week we’ll talk about how to address the behavior. Association board members who are behaving inappropriately (including sharing confidential information about board deliberations with others, intentionally misrepresenting information so as to advance an issue..
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Association Presidents: The CEO Is Not Your Employee

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Some association member leaders, when they rise to the position of president at their association, think that they have become the boss of the association and start bossing people around. Specifically, they think that the CEO of the association is someone to whom they can give directives and that the..
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Boards and CEOs: Get On the Same Page

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“You didn’t meet our expectations,” said the board member. “Yes I did,” said the CEO. “See, here is the memorandum I shared with you on the first day I began as your CEO. I have met and exceeded the expectations laid out in the memo that the board approved.” “Our..
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Address Problems Before Your New CEO Shows Up

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When a new CEO starts at an association it is an opportunity for a fresh review of the association and a fresh perspective on the issues and challenges facing the association. New CEOs are often expected to take a long look at things and propose solutions and address problems. But..
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The Association President: Only 2 Key Responsibilities

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The President of an association has only two key responsibilities: Lead the board and support the CEO. The board is the primary governance entity of the association. The CEO (or Executive Director depending on the title used at the association) is the primary staff leader at the association. The association..
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CHARGE! How Your Association Board Directs Your Association’s Committees

Your association’s committees exist for one reason: To assist the board of directors in the conduct of their work. Associations are governed by their board of directors. The board has specific work that only the board can conduct and they need to stay focused on that work. To assist them,..
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