The Strauss Blog

Is your Association’s AGM in Jeopardy? Solutions to Cope with the Pandemic.

Annual General Meeting (AGM) season is underway for associations with a fiscal year end of December 31. The purpose of these mandatory meetings is for the board of directors and management to share reports, financials and updates and to allow members of the association to ask questions and share their voice. The current COVID-19 outbreak […]

Bilingualism in National Associations: How to Meet Member’s Expectations

Canadian associations are often bilingual, meaning they offer membership programs and services in both official languages: French and English. In this context, members, potential members and industry partners are expecting bilingual service. It is the role of the association and its board to set policies and expectations for French membership services. The framework of their […]

Association Task Forces

An association’s reputation comes from the work of the association board of directors and its various committees. These groups are mostly responsible for ongoing the policies of an association. But the unsung heroes of the behind-the-scenes progression of an association are its task forces. What is a Task Force? Association task forces are created to […]

Association Role Transition Strategies: Making Sure Nothing Falls Through the Cracks

The ink is still drying on your employment agreement, but the day to day tasks of the association must go on. Transitioning smoothly into a new role with a new association is crucial to gaining an association board’s trust and to establishing a strong working relationship with association members. This blog will cover aspects that […]

Association Board Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics: Why are they so Important?

As an Association Executive, I’ve been in many situations where a board of director’s Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics were valuable tools in board related issues. Recent events spurred me to write this article to emphasize the importance of incorporating these two documents into an association’s board member orientations, ensuring that they are […]

The Best-Intentioned Association Boards Can Get Sidetracked

A lot of thought and energy goes into preparing the agenda for an association’s board of directors meeting, but without proper planning and structure, a strong board can easily lose track of priorities throughout the meeting. How to plan an agenda and how to ensure that board members arrive prepared is equally about respecting fellow […]

Effective Delegation for Association Leaders

Delegating tasks to both association volunteers and staff is a primary role of association leaders. Considering that delegation is integral in the day-to-day work in associations, can we then assume that association leaders are good at it? The answer is, not necessarily. Delegation is not a skill that most people tend to focus on or […]