The Strauss Blog

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 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 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 […]

The Best-Intentioned Association Boards Can Get Sidetracked

A lot of thought and energy goes into preparing the agenda for an association’s board of directors meeting, but without proper planning and structure, a strong board can easily lose track of priorities throughout the meeting. How to plan an agenda and how to ensure that board members arrive prepared is equally about respecting fellow […]

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 – […]

Managing Tough Board Conversations

Whether you are the Chair of an association board of directors, or the chief staff officer (Executive Director), facilitating tough conversations at the board level isn’t always easy. The best way to handle tough conversations is through open and transparent dialogue and, whenever possible, by arranging face to face meetings. It is important that the […]

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 […]