The Strauss Blog

Icebreakers for Boards – Improving the Effectiveness of Association Board Meetings

Have you attended meetings where you didn’t know anyone in the room? Perhaps you simply knew the name of the person sitting next to you. Maybe you’ve only ever heard someone’s voice over the phone. The question is, how do we learn more about the people with whom we work or serve? On many accounts, […]

Association Collaboration – Is Your Association Partnering for Success?

Connecting people and collaborating with others are two of the things I enjoy most about the work that I do with our association clients. Seeing a group of people or associations coming together to create success for a common purpose is satisfying for me and effective for all of those involved when they realize the […]

The Importance of Updated Contact Information for Association Members

Data is what businesses and associations thrive on. It is very important to always maintain a high level of accuracy which includes having up-to-date contact information. Unfortunately, this is not always as easy as it sounds. There are a lot of challenges ensuring that associations have correct and accurate information and that it reaches the […]

You’re Ready for the Board Meeting, But Are the Board Members?

Directors of association boards are volunteers. They have full-time jobs, personal lives and they are not being paid for their time and responsibilities. It is important to take this into consideration when working with them as an association employee. Here are a few tips to ensure that both you and the association’s volunteer directors are […]

Leading with Limited Resources- Is it Good for Your Association?

Never had I thought that working with limited resources could be viewed in a positive light, especially when leading an association. That was until I attended the Federated Insurance (Federated) (https://www.federated.ca) annual conference for association executives. I have been enlightened and am excited to share this eye-opening experience. I was fortunate enough to attend Federated’s […]

Six Bad Habits of Association Accounting and How to Avoid Them

Are you worried some of your accounting methods are causing more problems than they prevent? Or perhaps you don’t know how some of your habits are affecting your association or your external auditors. We all know quick fixes aren’t the right answer but unfortunately these types of things happen a lot in accounting because you […]

Millennials and Job Turnover – Can We Change the Trend?

There tends to be a high turnover rate related to administrative positions in which Millennials are employed, especially in small companies and associations where there is limited room for growth. In fact, Millennials are known as the “job hopping generation” (see the article http://www.gallup.com/businessjournal/191459/millennials-job-hopping-generation.aspx ). How many times have you noticed a new person at […]

Identifying and Mentoring Future Association Board Leaders

Recruiting and identifying future association board members and leaders should not be a seasonal activity for associations, rather it should be top of mind all year long. Progressive associations add “future leadership” as a standing agenda item at every board meeting to keep this on everyone’s radar, instead of simply addressing it a few months […]

The Basics of Reading Association Financial Statements

Knowing the basics of reading the numbers on a financial statement is essential to understanding the financial health of an association. Many people admit that accounting is not their area of expertise and therefore leave it to others (or the auditors) to explain what they are seeing on the financial statements. With a few simple […]

A Focus on the New Attendee Experience

Generally association event managers focus on improving the event or conference based on previous years. They use post-event survey results to gain feedback from attendees and make slight changes based on that data – and this process works well. However, the focus is solely on existing event attendees and their impressions of the previous event […]