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 [...]

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 [...]

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