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Leveraging Association Relationships to Maximize Training Opportunities

By |2020-10-21T15:19:41-05:00November 15th, 2018|

When two associations are similar but different, how can you leverage the similarities to offer dynamic educational opportunities? We offer association management services to two associations that have many similarities but can also be viewed as competitors (they compete for consumers’ recreational dollar spending). When the board of each [...]

Association By-Laws: What Are They Good For?

By |2020-10-21T15:20:42-05:00August 2nd, 2018|

As an association management company, we deal with many associations. Having worked in the association management industry for nearly twenty years, I’ve realized that how an association conducts business comes down to what is written in the by-laws. By-laws are the written rules and regulations for an association directing [...]

Managing Change within an Association

By |2018-05-03T16:25:15-05:00May 3rd, 2018|

Change is a broad concept for associations and association leaders to work through. The world is changing at an alarming pace, which is affecting the way that boards and association leaders operate in many ways. I recently attended a session put on by the Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian [...]

How Does Your Association Keep Up with Industry Trends?

By |2018-02-01T10:52:02-06:00February 1st, 2018|

Trends. How do associations stay in touch with them and remain current in the rapid world of change? I recently attended an online session presented by Dan Stevens president of Association TV and Workerbee.TV, who presented five trends that are affecting the association world. It was a fascinating presentation [...]

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

By |2017-09-29T10:01:56-05:00September 14th, 2017|

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 [...]

The Benefits of Supporting Higher Education for Your Association

By |2017-05-25T14:44:06-05:00May 25th, 2017|

Association Awards I recently attended an awards luncheon on behalf of one of our association management client for whom I serve as Association Manager. This association supports an annual award that recognizes students graduating from a technical program, and provides them with funds to purchase tools within their selected [...]

The Rapid Pace of Change: The Association Challenge

By |2017-03-09T10:28:52-06:00March 9th, 2017|

I recently attended the kick off breakfast for the Electrical Association of Manitoba’s annual conference. The opening speeches were very typical with a Minister from the provincial government talking about industry, and the president of the association thanking everyone for attending and discussing the expectations for the next two [...]

Communicating the Value Proposition of Association Membership

By |2017-01-19T14:12:52-06:00January 19th, 2017|

Having members helping to recruit new members and retain existing members can be a challenge for many associations across a variety of industries and professions. The question “What’s in it for me?”is a fairly frequent (but often unstated) response. Return on Investment of Association Membership Members are constantly weighing [...]

The Power of Thinking on Your Feet

By |2016-11-10T11:34:37-06:00November 10th, 2016|

Dealing with the unexpected is a big part of the job for a chief staff officer and board members in the association world. Adapting and problem solving are valuable skills when running a successful association. As an association management company (AMC), we work with many associations and dealing with [...]

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