Creating Organized Communications Content for Associations

By |2022-06-16T09:18:48-05:00June 16th, 2022|

To say that communication is essential is an understatement for associations. Two years ago, when the unexpected pandemic hit us, the world as we knew it went digital overnight. This meant that all the brainstorming meetings and detailed explanations to designers or writers were now being conducted over long [...]

Giving Better Feedback as an Association Leader

By |2022-06-06T09:54:22-05:00May 31st, 2022|

Picture this. As the board chair of your association, you’ve been noticing that the membership committee chair, Bob, is not fulfilling his responsibility as a volunteer leader. Bob has been absent for meetings, is not engaging the rest of the committee, and is not sticking to agreed-upon timelines. The [...]

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 [...]

Is It Time Your Association Hosts an Indigenous Sharing Circle?

By |2021-01-05T13:58:41-06:00September 24th, 2020|

Our society is currently adapting to the restrictions and guidelines of the COVID-19 pandemic while confronting the systematic oppression of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC). Our associations are not unaffected by present events, and we cannot ignore issues that affect members. It is difficult to invoke instant [...]

Association Ethics for Staff and Volunteers

By |2020-10-27T15:15:35-05:00September 17th, 2020|

Ethical behaviour means acting in ways that are consistent with behaviours that society, individuals, and businesses have deemed to be “proper” or “correct.” Good values involve demonstrating respect for key moral principles that include honesty, fairness, equality, dignity, diversity, and individual rights[1]. The most important influence on ethical values [...]

Finding New Association Board Directors

By |2020-10-28T08:48:04-05:00August 13th, 2020|

An association’s annual general meeting (AGM) is for the membership to approve the financial statements of the previous year, elect or re-elect board members, hear reports from the board, approve motions on any changes to the by-laws, and bring forth any other business. Preparing for an AGM starts months [...]

Board/Senior Staff Optimal Levels of Engagement: How Do You Assess Them?

By |2020-10-28T10:57:16-05:00July 9th, 2020|

Engagement is such a crucial factor in managing the new world where the COVID-19 pandemic exists. There are lots of discussions taking place regarding your association members’ financial health and how the pandemic will affect this year’s results and next year’s projections. Before the world paused due to the [...]

Virtual Meetings for your Association Board

By |2020-10-28T11:10:07-05:00June 25th, 2020|

With many people currently working from home, the need for association staff and volunteer leaders to work online is necessary in today’s environment. Association meetings, whether they are board or committee meetings, and the need to hold in-person meetings weekly, monthly, or quarterly has not changed; the way in [...]

Refining your Association’s Standard Operating Procedures

By |2020-10-28T12:20:57-05:00June 4th, 2020|

Associations frequently rely on Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and association task calendars to guide board members and association staff through their work over a calendar year. These pre-established systems to complete tasks throughout the year are a key tool to an association’s success. I recently read a book called [...]

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