The Strauss Blog

Learning to Work Remotely

During this global pandemic, most associations have their employees working from home. When working remotely communication, prioritization of tasks, and overall organization are affected. With such a drastic change in environment, pace, and priorities, it’s important to stay connected with your colleagues during these uncertain times. Putting time, effort and thought into keeping yourself organized […]

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 […]

Bilingualism in National Associations: How to Meet Member’s Expectations

Canadian associations are often bilingual, meaning they offer membership programs and services in both official languages: French and English. In this context, members, potential members and industry partners are expecting bilingual service. It is the role of the association and its board to set policies and expectations for French membership services. The framework of their […]

Association Task Forces

An association’s reputation comes from the work of the association board of directors and its various committees. These groups are mostly responsible for ongoing the policies of an association. But the unsung heroes of the behind-the-scenes progression of an association are its task forces. What is a Task Force? Association task forces are created to […]

Association Role Transition Strategies: Making Sure Nothing Falls Through the Cracks

The ink is still drying on your employment agreement, but the day to day tasks of the association must go on. Transitioning smoothly into a new role with a new association is crucial to gaining an association board’s trust and to establishing a strong working relationship with association members. This blog will cover aspects that […]

Effective Delegation for Association Leaders

Delegating tasks to both association volunteers and staff is a primary role of association leaders. Considering that delegation is integral in the day-to-day work in associations, can we then assume that association leaders are good at it? The answer is, not necessarily. Delegation is not a skill that most people tend to focus on or […]

The Association Board Binder

For all associations that our company manages, a board binder is created. The board binder stores several important documents and information regarding that association and is an important resource for all board members and association staff. Why have a board binder? The board binder serves a number of purposes: New board member orientation resource – […]

Taking over an Association Term Position

Being hired for any new position with an association management firm can be nerve-racking. But, temporarily replacing someone who will be returning from a leave of absence only adds to the anxiety. Association term positions are like trying to jump onto a moving train and then jumping right off again without having the train slow […]