The Strauss Blog

Managing Tough Board Conversations

Whether you are the Chair of an association board of directors, or the chief staff officer (Executive Director), facilitating tough conversations at the board level isn’t always easy. The best way to handle tough conversations is through open and transparent dialogue and, whenever possible, by arranging face to face meetings. It is important that the […]

Capturing Millennials Using your Association’s Social Media

In today’s day and age, having a strong presence on social media for your organization is crucial to staying relevant in your industry; this is no exception to associations. Associations must create and maintain a social media presence in order to capture their current and potential association members. Considering that the majority of the Canadian […]

Big Event in a Small Pond

During the busy gala season, there seems to be a different gala dinner every night of the week. The events may vary in terms of the menu, the entertainment, the venue and the cause, yet there seems to be one major commonality: the attendees. When you attend these events and look around the room, it […]

Preparing a new Board to Perform

For many associations, board turnover is perpetual. This can be great for an association but can also be disruptive. It is important to be prepared for a new group of volunteers and to empower them to use their capabilities to perform to the best of their ability, ultimately resulting in little or no disruption to […]

Cyber Attacks and Associations

Scenario: It’s late afternoon on Friday, you go to check your computer as you are expecting replies from fellow association board members regarding copies of financials that you sent out the day before. You login to your account, and you see that you have received an email from a hacker informing you that they have […]

How to Know When Your Association Needs Help from a Professional Accountant

There can be many challenges when managing an association, especially a small one that may not have endless resources or a need for numerous full-time staff members. In particular, for a small association the accounting most likely does not require the work of a full-time accountant, it is still important to make sure that the […]

Managing and Growing National Association Events

Managing a major national association event like a convention, symposium or annual conference can be a challenge for any event manager. Usually events like this are the largest an association can offer to its members, and they provide opportunities for new business connections, professional development, networking and more. It takes a lot of work to […]