The Strauss Blog

Leveraging Association Relationships to Maximize Training Opportunities

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 started discussing training opportunities connected to […]

Association By-Laws: What Are They Good For?

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 how they conduct business. The by-laws […]

Icebreakers for Boards – Improving the Effectiveness of Association Board Meetings

Have you attended meetings where you didn’t know anyone in the room? Perhaps you simply knew the name of the person sitting next to you. Maybe you’ve only ever heard someone’s voice over the phone. The question is, how do we learn more about the people with whom we work or serve? On many accounts, […]

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

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 was fortunate enough to attend Federated’s […]

The Benefits of Supporting Higher Education for Your Association

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 trade. The students are selected based […]

The Rapid Pace of Change: The Association Challenge

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 days. The more interesting aspect of […]

Communicating the Value Proposition of Association Membership

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 return on their investment for […]

The Power of Thinking on Your Feet

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 the unexpected is inevitable. I recently […]