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Readiness – Is Your Board Ready to Think Strategically?

By |2022-07-15T08:58:54-05:00July 14th, 2022|

Not many people roll out of bed daily asking: “How can I think strategically today as a volunteer board member”? All volunteer board members come to the board table with a skill set and a level of knowledge that benefits the association/profession with which they are involved. They are [...]

The Crucial Orientation and Training for Association Board Members

By |2022-03-31T13:21:52-05:00March 31st, 2022|

As we start getting back to in-person board meetings, volunteer board members are craving a better understanding of their role as directors of an association. Zoom-based board meetings have taken away the personal interactions that happen around board tables and put board members into isolation which makes it harder [...]

Teach Your Association Board How to FISH! The Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion Argument

By |2021-12-02T09:17:56-06:00December 2nd, 2021|

I don’t fish as I have never had the patience to sit that long but I recently took part in an online training program that made me think of the following phrase: “Give a Man a Fish, and You Feed Him for a Day. Teach a Man To Fish, and [...]

Building Trust Virtually at the Board Level

By |2021-08-20T09:47:09-05:00August 19th, 2021|

Associations operate on trust between the CEO, Chair, and board members. In our new virtual world, we are losing that in-person connection opportunity. How can boards build trust the trust in each other that allows them to make decisions based on the expertise that each board member brings to [...]

Board Chair, Doing it Right!

By |2021-05-27T11:22:14-05:00May 27th, 2021|

What does it take to be a good board chair? What skill set do you need and who do you partner with to fulfill the Vision & Mission of your association? The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) provide training sessions [...]

Board Recruitment: Pandemic Style

By |2021-02-25T12:11:46-06:00February 18th, 2021|

Without seeing one another in-person, building connections is a difficult thing to do. How do you find the future leaders for your association while using Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or GoToMeetings? The Past Art of Connecting The way we connect with each other has changed in 2020 and the opportunities [...]

The Pandemic Presents Opportunities for Partnership

By |2020-12-17T14:53:54-06:00November 5th, 2020|

Pandemic planning was NOT part of my vocabulary at the beginning of 2020. Earlier this year, an association we manage had recently welcomed a pandemic planner as a new member. Many association members didn’t understand the complexity and details of pandemic planning and how it could positively impact their [...]

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

By |2020-10-28T10:57:16-05:00July 9th, 2020|

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 [...]

Understanding Your Contracts and Memorandums of Understanding During COVID-19

By |2020-10-29T09:00:44-05:00April 9th, 2020|

The world has been turned on its ear over the last several weeks. COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world on so many fronts and it is hard to comprehend or understand how it will affect your association, your workplace and your interactions with members. As an association management company [...]

The Need for Innovation within Associations

By |2020-10-30T11:28:12-05:00December 19th, 2019|

We live in a fast-paced world where things change at a rate that our brains struggle to keep up with. Technology is the big driver behind the speed at which society is changing. How does your association deal with the rate of change and how do you incorporate innovative [...]

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