The Crucial Orientation and Training for Association Board Members

By |2022-03-31T13:21:52-05:00March 31st, 2022|

As we start getting back to in-person board meetings, volunteer board members are craving a better understanding of their role as directors of an association. Zoom-based board meetings have taken away the personal interactions that happen around board tables and put board members into isolation which makes it harder [...]

Lessons of Leadership from Ted Lasso for Associations

By |2022-03-24T15:34:51-05:00March 24th, 2022|

We often discuss leadership within associations and need not look far for leaders that set a good example. There are many leaders within our partner associations that we can learn from. However, it is also useful to internalize lessons we learn from leaders in media and entertainment. One fictional [...]

Plant Seeds and Cultivate Leadership Within Your Association

By |2022-03-03T13:49:37-06:00March 3rd, 2022|

Leadership is a quality that can occur in any person. However, not every member of your association has realized the potential leader lying dormant within them. An association’s board of directors often seeks new leaders among its committees and at events. However, it is just as good a practice [...]

Courage: Try, Trust, and Tell

By |2022-02-17T16:04:59-06:00February 17th, 2022|

Despite the constant struggle with COVID-19, restrictions, and exhaustion that we have been facing over the past two years, the association world has shown that it can pivot and continue to grow in the face of adversity. It takes a great deal of courage from many people to achieve [...]

Getting Together Again – Adjusting Expectations (Again)

By |2022-02-10T09:28:35-06:00February 10th, 2022|

Over the second year of the pandemic, we have experienced a lot of starts and stops. In October 2021 we felt that it was safe for our association clients to be hosting in-person events. However, by the end of the year, we had cancelled in-person association events for January [...]

Collaboration and Delegation: The Science of Working Together

By |2022-02-03T13:56:28-06:00February 3rd, 2022|

There is no ‘I’ in ‘team’. Whether you’re on an association board or committee, you work together as a team. A great deal of cooperation goes into working together as a team. One player can’t play a full game of soccer all by themselves. The same can be said [...]

A Diverse Board Is Good For a Diverse Association

By |2022-01-20T13:44:24-06:00January 20th, 2022|

When discussing association board composition, it is important to consider the question: “What is the key function of a board of directors?” The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a board of Directors as “a group of people who manage or direct a company or organization”. Although this definition is true, association [...]

Making the Most of an In-Person Association Board Meeting

By |2021-12-09T11:18:35-06:00December 9th, 2021|

When was the last time you got together with colleagues for an in-person association meeting or event? For me, it was last month. We had a three-day meeting with a board of directors - a group which hasn’t gotten together in the flesh since before the pandemic. Some association [...]

Teach Your Association Board How to FISH! The Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion Argument

By |2021-12-02T09:17:56-06:00December 2nd, 2021|

I don’t fish as I have never had the patience to sit that long but I recently took part in an online training program that made me think of the following phrase: “Give a Man a Fish, and You Feed Him for a Day. Teach a Man To Fish, and [...]

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