Association Leaders

Virtual Meeting Etiquette (Best Practices for Conference and Video Calls)

Association Leaders

Associations, companies and other organizations have been using conference and video calling to meet and conduct business for many years. Most of us are very experienced with the process and have developed methods to be productive and polite when holding these “virtual” meetings. During the last few weeks the sheer number of virtual meetings and volume of participants has grown exponentially.

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Sheltering at Home Successes – A Day in the Life

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Many of us have been sheltering (working) at home for at least two weeks now. It’s important that we all do our part to “flatten the curve” we’ve all heard about related to COVID-19. It is a challenge for most people – to be “cooped up” in their homes. Human beings are social, so only seeing and interacting with the same people day after day can become challenging – no matter how much you love them.

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The New Working Normal

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Most of the country (and really the world) have been self-quarantining at home for six weeks or more. We’ve dealt with figuring out how to work and school from home. We’ve struggled with spending 24/7 under the same roof with our family members – and even though we love them unconditionally – we know why our children must leave home after high school.

Keeping Association Leaders and Staff Accountable

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We can likely all agree that in business cash may be King but accountability is next in line for the throne. In our businesses if we don’t establish Strategies, Goals and specific, measurable Objectives we hold ourselves and each other accountable for achieving, we will not achieve our mission. Associations are no different – except that associations are led by volunteers. Everyone knows you can’t hold volunteers accountable right? WRONG!

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Selfless Leadership is the Best Kind – Are you a Selfless Leader?

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I view leadership as a journey. Like most journeys it has its highs and lows. Sometimes I am working on all cylinders and practicing great leadership techniques. Other times, I struggle and find myself practicing more of the “don’ts” than the “do’s” of leadership. I suspect most leaders have similar experiences. Like most worthwhile things in life, I find when I’m struggling with leadership I need to go back to the basics – to remember that leadership isn’t about ME – it’s about others!

Seven Keys to Running a Successful Meeting

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Meetings are necessary to achieve consensus – especially in associations. We’ve all been in those meetings that were a complete waste of time. Make sure meetings you run are not a waste of time but are productive and help your organization work toward achieving its mission. To do so, we have identified seven keys to running successful, productive meetings: Have an agenda for every meeting Every meeting should have an agenda that identifies all the items to be covered during the meeting.

Creating an Effective Nominating Process for your Association

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It’s the time of year again when many associations are implementing their nomination and election process. Because associations are groups of people or companies in the same profession or industry there are many opportunities for conflict and other challenges as an association goes through its nomination and election process. . To avoid challenges which can lead to bigger problems such as hurt feelings, dropped memberships, etc.,

No Silver Bullet for Association Success – It’s about the Members

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As a leading Association Management Company (AMC) we are often asked by prospective association client partners and volunteer leaders of associations, “What is the key to making an association successful?”. They, understandably, want a ‘silver bullet’ or ‘easy button’ answer – something they can easily implement to make their association successful. . The answer is easy. Unfortunately, the implementation is complicated. The key to association success can be found in one word – Members. .

Do Volunteer Association Leaders Lead Balanced Lives?

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Being a volunteer association leader can be very rewarding both professionally and personally. At the same time, it can be one of the most challenging undertakings for a leader. Let’s face it – people who choose to lead are typically the busiest people we know. There is an old adage, “If you want to get something done, give it to someone that doesn’t have time to do it”. That adage seems to often hold true. It defies logic though doesn’t it?

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Are Association Management Companies (AMCs) Jacks of All Trades or Masters of O-N-E?

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Remember the phrase “Jack of all trades and Master of none”? Some people think of Association Management Companies (AMCs) as just that – Jack’s of all trades but masters of none. That perception is simply not true. AMCs are Masters of One, not Jacks of All. In fact, the opposite is quite true. Association’s that hire their own employees as staff (especially small to mid-sized associations) tend to ask their employees to be more “generalists” in association management than “specialists”.

Consensus – The Association Leadership Challenge

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Consensus is a collaborative process by which decisions are made based on overwhelming agreement of a group. Ultimately a decision by consensus is one that everyone supports (or can live with). Associations are groups of people or companies with similar interests or in similar professions or industries.

Do You Train Your Board Member’s and Committee Chairs?

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Boards of Directors Members and Committee Chairs are key leaders who determine whether an association is successful or not. What does that mean? It’s simple – associations whose directors and committee chairs are not focused on the organization’s strategic plan, are not consensus builders, and don’t know how to run effective meetings cause their association’s to fail – or at least stagnate.

How do you Handle Negativity in your Association’s Meetings?

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Associations are groups of people or companies in the same profession or industry or with similar interests working toward a common goal. By definition, when groups of people get together to take some action, there will be discussions, debates, and disagreement. It’s also true that whenever a group of people get together there will almost always be at least one person with a negative outlook on things.

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Good Leaders Know They Don’t Know Everything

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If you study leadership, read about great leaders throughout history, or even if you just think about what you should do (and not do) to be a good leader, you may come away with a very wrong conclusion – that good leaders are always the smartest people in their organization and therefore have all the answers.

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Leaders are Learners

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It’s been quite a while since I created a post on this blog. Something caught my attention today and I was inspired to share it through my blog. Most of my posts relate to leadership. Not because I hold myself up as some great leader, but because I aspire to be a better leader. One way to become a better leader is to study great leaders. Identify the characteristics and traits they shared and adopt them as your own.

20 Mantras Great Leaders Live By

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I came across a great blog posting recently related to – you guessed it – Leadership. What a cool story this blogger has to tell about their grandfather and the 20 Mantras of Great Leaders he developed through a business and teaching career. Read the full post here. I think my three favorite (maybe the ones I connect best with) are: 1. Followers choose leaders they trust, respect and feel comfortable with.

Can a Company Survive Without a CEO?

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Interesting article in Associations Now today. The article asks the question, ‘Can a company or organization survive without a CEO’? Read the article here. I was confident I knew the answer without reading the article – “NO”! But I read the article anyway. I guess I was curious more than anything else. Turns out my instincts were right.

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The Future of Associations

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On Friday, January 17 I had the privilege of moderating an esteemed panel of experts in a discussion titled, The Future of Associations at the National Association of Manufacturers Council of Manufacturing Associations Winter Meeting. The audience included more than 100 association executive members of the NAM CMA and more than 200 people joining live via webcast. If you missed the session, you missed a lot.

Trust, Commitment and Caring – Lou Holtz Philosophy

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Just about everyone knows who Lou Holtz is. Some people love him, others may not care for him (especially if you’re not a Notre Dame fan). For those who don’t know, Lou Holtz was a very successful (mostly college) football coach. He is probably best known for coaching Notre Dame from 1986 to 1996. During that time he lead Notre Dame to an unmatched record and a National Championship. Coach Holtz credits much of his success to the lessons he learned from his mentors.

Are Great Leaders Lean?

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To most people, the concept of becoming “lean” connotes having less or doing more with less. For example, I am 35 pounds lean er than I was fifteen months ago. My company is managing more associations today with fewer employees than we did two years ago – we are lean er. To many businesspeople the concept of lean is also associated primarily with manufacturing businesses. It’s a concept that’s applied to the operations of the business, not to leadership.

How to be a World Changing Leader

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My brother-in-law graduated from the University of Texas. I’ve often thought fondly of UT. I remember watching great UT football teams in the 1970′s and again in the 2000′s. My oldest son has been a HUGE UT fan since he was very young. One wall of his room is painted burnt orange and the skull of a Texas Longhorn hangs on it. Recently, my brother-in-law sent me a copy of the text of the University of Texas 2014 Commencement speech given by Naval Admiral William H.

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Sharing is a Critical Leadership Trait

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There are many traits successful leaders have. We have discussed many of them through this blog. Of course, there are some traits shared by most, if not all, successful leaders such as, honesty, focus and commitment. There are other leadership traits that we commonly think of when we think of great leaders such as communication, selflessness and humility.

Good Leaders Know How to Get People off the Bus

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Probably every business leader today has read Jim Collins’ best selling business book Good to Great. The book explains a study that Collins and several of his business school students did on the attributes of successful companies – not just marginally successful, but industry leading companies who sustained their success over long periods of time.

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Do Smartphones Hurt Your Leadership Ability?

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I’ve often wondered if I could be a better leader if I was less connected to email, google, news feeds and apps through my smartphone. I try not to be rude about my smartphone use. I try hard to not check it during business meetings or when I’m in a conversation with someone else. I was particularly struck by our connection to smartphones the other day during a family meal. We were having a conversation.

Leadership Lists

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We’ve all seen them. Some of us have written them. I’m talking about lists…not grocery lists or to-do lists. I’m talking about the tenets of leadership lists. I love reading other people’s tenets of leadership lists. I like what those lists allow me to learn about the people who wrote them. The lists give a real insight into the kind of leader these people are. I’m constantly working on my tenets of leadership list – I hope you are too.

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Thank You

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I believe that a team reflects its leader. By that I mean if a leader is compassionate, his team will be compassionate. If a leader is grateful, his team will be grateful. If a leader is a hard worker, his team will work hard. Identifying and practicing the traits you want your team to possess is an important practice for successful leaders. I read an interesting article today that addresses this. You can read it here.

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Good Leaders Know They are Role Models

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NBA great and Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley once famously said, “I am not a role model” I like Sir Charles and even can understand his point to a certain extent – I think he was trying to let parents and teachers know that they have daily interactions with children and should be their role models. Unfortunately, Charles was wrong and so are many leaders. You see, whether he liked it or not, Charles was in a leadership position.

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Don’t Be an Idea Killer

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Many times leaders are presented with ideas by their teammates. How they respond to these ideas separates the good leaders from the bad leaders. Think for a minute about how you responded the last time an idea was presented to you by one of your teammates. Did you keep a positive look on your face or a negative one? Were you enthusiastic or dejected? Did you comment positively on the idea or negatively? I recently read a blog posting on this topic that was helpful to me.

Good Leaders Understand the Value of the Team

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I recently read an article published in the New York Times about how IBM develops new ideas through a collaborative team effort. You can read it here. A critical value most successful teams have is TRUST. When members of a team trust each other, they can accomplish great things together. Unfortunately, trust doesn’t always exist on teams. IBM has developed this interesting collaborative structure for teams that seems to work for them when trust doesn’t exist. (Be

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AMC-Managed Organizations are More Stable than Standalone Organizations

Why do organizations managed by Association Management Companies outperform standalone organizations? This paper seeks to answer that question through the results of a study examining the rates of change in the length of chief staff executive tenure and changes in office locations of membership-based organizations between 2009 and 2015.

Leadership Lessons from the Military

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There have been many great military leaders throughout history. Some of them have gone on to become leaders in other arenas as well – political, business, media, etc. Being in the association business, we often see professional speakers who talk about management, change, people, leadership, and more. So when I saw this article today it caught my attention.

Making a Great Presentation

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One of the things all leaders must do is make great presentations. Sometimes that means giving a speech to a large audience; other times it means delivering a presentation to a smaller group; still other times its effectively communicating one on one with an employee. Whatever the case, great leaders are great communicators. I read a blog post today providing eight steps that must be followed to make an effective presentation. You can read the blog by clicking here.

Do You Encourage Communicating Bad News?

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“I have some bad news” What’s your reaction when you hear this phrase from a co-worker? I’ll tell you mine – I get a lump in my throat, a strange feeling in my gut, my palms start to sweat, my heart beats a little faster. I probably even roll my eyes and exhale loudly sometimes. Most people don’t like to receive bad news. I’m certainly no different. But great leaders DO want to hear bad news, in fact, they encourage it, they seek it out.

Acknowledging a Leader and Mentor

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I want to recognize one of my mentors and a lifelong leader in today’s blog post. The founder of my company, almost 40 year association management leader, former political party leader, and my father is being recognized for his leadership within the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) working on conformity assessment issues. Click here to read more about why Richard W (Dick) Church is receiving the prestigious award Gerald H. Ritterbusch Conformity Assessment Medal. .

Smart Tactics to Keep Members and Sponsors Engaged During Challenging Times

With conferences being canceled due to COVID-19, associations need to be nimble by implementing alternative strategies and tactics that can continue to bring value to their members, keep sponsors/exhibitors, generate revenues for the Association.