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 [...]

Organization and Time Management: Four Steps to Success

By |2021-10-07T13:19:22-05:00October 7th, 2021|

For an association leader, the daily responsibilities tend to fall under a wide jurisdiction. Committee reports and board meetings require preparation and follow up, as well as many other duties-the list goes on. The many needs of an association’s membership can seem daunting, and it is paramount that these [...]

Lessons From 20 Years of Association Leadership

By |2021-10-15T11:38:53-05:00September 30th, 2021|

Milestone anniversaries are a time to reflect on the past and to think about the future. I’ve recently reached the milestone of 20 years serving as the Chief Executive Officer (originally Executive Director) of my first association management client, the Pedorthic Association of Canada. I am proud to say [...]

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, [...]

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