Growth and Mentorship: The Path to Finding Your Place

By |2021-09-09T11:22:06-05:00September 9th, 2021|

As a young professional working in today’s economic climate, I have experienced the struggle to find my way on the career path I have chosen. This is a challenge that most people experience at some point in their career, and for many, it can be a disheartening hurdle to [...]

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 [...]

Are You Really Listening? The Importance of Active Listening for an Association Leader

By |2021-08-12T11:42:43-05:00August 12th, 2021|

Between your “day job”, and your volunteer commitments to your association’s board and/or committees, you are pulled in many different directions throughout your day. While it may seem like you have no time, making the time to listen to members can further develop your leadership role significantly. Moreover, you [...]

Ensuring a Smooth Transition of Association Staff

By |2021-07-29T13:31:24-05:00July 29th, 2021|

In the association world, executive directors/Chief Staff Officers come and go. Sometimes it does not make sense to continue a relationship with an Executive Director for a variety of reasons and other times an association realizes the potential for excellence by making a change. In this article I’ll be [...]

How To Keep Virtual Board Meetings Engaging

By |2021-06-24T11:37:43-05:00June 24th, 2021|

It has been over a year since association board members from around the country have been able to hold in-person board meetings due to the pandemic. Boards are growing fatigued from the lack of interaction among members and are missing out on important aspects of association leadership. For example, [...]

Boards and Ethical Decision Making

By |2021-06-03T10:41:57-05:00June 3rd, 2021|

In an everchanging world, it’s important that an association’s board of directors prioritizes adapting to change. Creating an ethically sound process for board rulings, whether minor or major, is vital. I will be breaking down a strategy of using an ethical decision-making framework highlighted in the Directorprep.com article, “Ethics [...]

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 [...]

Ready to Be a Successful Board Leader?

By |2021-04-29T11:03:30-05:00April 29th, 2021|

You have been nominated and are now a newly appointed board member. You were either recruited for your skillset or you volunteered for this position because you have a passionate desire to make an impact in your field. Now it’s time to learn how to effectively contribute and see [...]

Adapting Board Leadership to Challenges of the Pandemic

By |2021-04-23T14:16:42-05:00April 22nd, 2021|

The last 14-months have felt more like a daily one-hundred-meter dash rather than a marathon. While I am no runner, I prefer the steady pace of a marathon. But, like most association leaders, I can handle the occasional sprint. During the pandemic, we have missed the personal connections and [...]

Recognizing the Value of Association Volunteers

By |2021-04-21T14:32:04-05:00April 15th, 2021|

Associations depends on volunteer members; their work is critical to its success. Imagine setting up a lemonade stand for your entire neighbourhood during the annual block party. You can probably do it on your own, but just think about how much easier it would be if you had some [...]

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