The Strauss Blog

Board/Senior Staff Optimal Levels of Engagement: How Do You Assess Them?

Engagement is such a crucial factor in managing the new world where the COVID-19 pandemic exists. There are lots of discussions taking place regarding your association members’ financial health and how the pandemic will affect this year’s results and next year’s projections. Before the world paused due to the pandemic, I attended the 2020 Symposium […]

Virtual Meetings for your Association Board

With many people currently working from home, the need for association staff and volunteer leaders to work online is necessary in today’s environment. Association meetings, whether they are board or committee meetings, and the need to hold in-person meetings weekly, monthly, or quarterly has not changed; the way in which we hold these meetings has. […]

Board Succession Planning During a Pandemic: How is Your Association Adapting?

Due to the changing times as a response to COVID-19, many associations have been adapting operations and seeking new solutions. Member communications, continuing education and networking opportunities have been recreated with the purpose of providing a good return on investment for association members. With annual general meetings, conferences, and board meetings being held virtually, associations […]

Navigating the Pandemic as a Board Chair: An Interview

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Strauss’ association clients continue to work with volunteers, board members, and association staff to navigate their next steps. This article features interviews with board chairs Alex Jovetic (A), Promotional Product Professionals of Canada (PPPC), and Victor Duarte (V), Physician and Clinical Assistants of Manitoba (PCAM), to gain insight on how […]

Refining your Association’s Standard Operating Procedures

Associations frequently rely on Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and association task calendars to guide board members and association staff through their work over a calendar year. These pre-established systems to complete tasks throughout the year are a key tool to an association’s success. I recently read a book called Atomic Habits by James Clear; it […]

Mindfulness & The Association Leader

We are in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic; association leaders are undoubtedly going through challenging and unpredictable times. As an association leader, you are dealing with cancelled association events, a postponed AGM, new online platforms for board meetings, events, and webinars, and you are working harder than ever to keep members engaged and involved. […]

Virtual Events: An Opportunity to Grow your Association’s Event Repertoire

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it impossible to hold in-person association events. Many associations are now looking to host virtual events to keep their members engaged and to provide new revenue generating activities. This article will explore options to pivot your cancelled events and will hopefully give you a new way of looking at virtual […]