The Strauss Blog

Incorporating a Strategic Human Resources Plan into your Association

Most associations have a strategic plan that guides the association in the execution of the vision and mission of the association. Having a strategic plan helps to place the association in the category of being a high-performing association. Characteristics of a high performing association are: The vision and mission of the association are believed and […]

When to introduce a new product or service to your association

Member retention is an important area of focus for every association. Ensuring that your members are receiving value for their membership is a key to retaining existing members and recruiting new members. Many times, this means that the association should be identifying changing needs of members and introducing a new product or service that addresses […]

Is Your Association A High-Performance Association?

Has the performance of your association been thoroughly evaluated? How do you know if it is time to begin the process of progressing your association into a high-performance association? High-performance associations possess the following key characteristics: The vision and mission of the association are owned and shared by all stakeholders Strategy is performance-based and the […]

Association Leadership Creates A Top Performing Association

One key is the relationship between the board chair and chief staff officer The best sign of a healthy association is a strong partnership between the board chair and the chief staff officer (often called Executive Director). Strong partnerships are fostered by maintaining an open stream of communication, by collaborating to achieve organizational goals, and […]

In-Person vs. Teleconference Association Annual General Meetings Which is the Better Method?

Recently we were in a situation where a regularly planned in-person Annual General Meeting (AGM) for a national association couldn’t take place as part of a traditional conference. Our option was to hold a telephone meeting to bring members together in a less traditional way. During this process we discovered many pros and cons for […]

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 […]

A Joint Venture Between Two Associations – Creating A Mutually Beneficial Partnership.

One of our association management clients has recently decided to join with another association on a new joint venture. This is a very exciting opportunity for both associations and their members. Our focus is to ensure that this joint venture is mutually beneficial for both associations and their respective members. The reason they are joining […]

An Association’s Annual Trade Show – Is it Becoming Obsolete?

Recently, our association management company brought on a new client. This association has hosted a trade show for many years, sometimes in combination with partners and sometimes alone. Over the years, exhibitor and delegate sales have become increasingly challenging and there has been demand for fresh ideas. So, we are now grappling with the question […]

Association Meetings and Conferences are Better with a Physical Fitness Element, Part 3 – You’ve received delegate buy in now which activity should you offer?

In my last two blog articles, Association Meetings and Conferences are Better with Physical Fitness Element, Part 1 and Part 2, I wrote about the importance of meeting the needs of participants in your event and association meetings by adding a physical activity component to the long days, and specifically how to prepare your delegates […]

Association Meetings and Conferences are Better with A Physical Fitness Element Part 2 – You’ve Identified a Need, Now How to Incorporate It.

Coralee A. Dolyniuk, Association Manager, and Certified Fitness Professional. In my last article, I wrote on the importance of meeting the needs of participants in our event and association meetings by adding a physical activity component. As a society we are entering the trend of activity tracking, HITT training, Cross Fit etc. and we need […]