The Strauss Blog

Hosting Association Golf Tournaments in a COVID-19 World

Association members are missing their face-to-face networking opportunities used to catch up with fellow members or to have those deep conversations with fellow members on issues affecting their industry. When the pandemic hit its peak earlier this year, associations had no choice but to cancel association in-person member events and gatherings. Now that provinces are […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Importance of Staying on Top of Association Trends

Every industry has trends that affect the future of the industry and its stakeholders. In association management it is very important to stay on top of trends and to implement change to the association while having little disruption. How do trends positively influence associations and why is it so important to be a leading association […]

How to Determine When to Introduce a New Program or Service to Your Association

Members of associations across all professions are finding it increasingly difficult to rationalize membership and return on investment in belonging to an organization. Associations need to identify the needs of members and adapt operations to what necessitates paying annual dues. Many times, it is either necessary to implement a new service into your member benefits […]

Research in Association Management

Associations need to conduct research on a regular basis throughout the operational year. There are many reasons for this, such as measuring the effectiveness of products and services and identifying areas where new services can be offered to association members. An association needs to ensure that it is constantly evaluating both its performance, and the […]

Incorporating a Human Resources Plan into your Association’s Strategic Plan – Part II

As mentioned in my last blog article, a strategic human resources plan is a process that identifies current and future human resources needs for an association to meet its vision and mission. To ensure your association is performing at its highest level, there should be a link between human resources management and the strategic plan […]

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 […]