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When Governance Means Governance

Eric Lanke

Now, as I've recently blogged , a few years ago my association's Board adopted a Governance Policy that, among other things, clearly separates responsibility for ends and means determination. I'm gearing up for another Board meeting this week.

Implementing Website Governance for Associations

Vanguard Tech

Shane has over 15 years'' experience in Web Governance & online operations. As author of the first practical guide to Web Governance ("The Website Manager''s Handbook"), Shane has also been published by A List Apart, Smartinsights & Forrester Research.

Advocacy and Governance 2.0

Association Adviser

When board members begin to do work that is outside of the governance of the organization, they are acting in the role of management,” said Yates. That’s where a strong board and governance structure can help. The post Advocacy and Governance 2.0

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A Board That Governs Itself

Eric Lanke

My Board has been working for a number of years now on elevating their own performance--on taking more responsibility for governing the association and giving me more responsibility for managing it. They governed themselves.

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Lobbyist vs. Government Relations

Association Advocacy Chick

Some of the names being considered include The Association of Government Relations Professionals and The National Association of Government Relations Professionals. Many organizations tend to use government relations (ex. Women in Government Relations, the Washington Government Relations Group). Uncategorized association government relations professionals lobbying

Getting Started in Government Relations: Advice for Law Students

Association Navigator

What kind of positions or opportunities should a graduating law student pursue if they’re interested in government relations? This year I’m focusing on government relations because that’s what many of the students want to pursue when they graduate.

Humanizing Government Relations

Association Advocacy Chick

Friends – It’s time we humanize government relations. Humanizing government? From a government relations perspective, are we as open as can be as far as engaging members and staff on advocacy? More often than not, we, as government relations professionals, tend to operate on our island either by choice or circumstance. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, government relations isn’t the first thing you think about when it comes to innovation.

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What is Association Governance?


As we launch into 2016, new boards are being formed for the year and the focus of governance is at the top of my mind. Mark pointed out a few reasons as to why governance is important and how it can function within an organization. What is “governance”?

Business Roundtable Governance Guidelines Add Diversity Focus

Associations Now

This year’s edition of a key governance document for corporate boards recommends, for the first time, that diversity be made a priority to bring new perspectives and backgrounds to the boardroom.

Governance is governance; management is management

SCD Group

A few weeks ago, association management thought leader and AMC owner Michael LoBue shared an article titled Governance is Governance , a speech Kenneth Dayton delivered to the Independent Sector meeting in 1987. A couple of highlights: Governance (trusteeship) is NOT management.

Blockchain Stakeholders Gather to Forge Governance Strategy

Associations Now

An array of figures in the digital-currency space—led by a prominent Canadian technologist—recently met to talk governance of the blockchain, a topic stakeholders have famously struggled with when searching for common ground.

Faulty Governance Models Can Obliterate Your Conference

Velvet Chainsaw

15 Questions To Uncover Your Conference Governance Model Here are 15 questions to uncover your organization’s decision making process when dealing with conference planning and implementation. Does your organization have a permission-withholding culture or a permission-granting culture?

Bringing the next generation into governance

Golden's Rules for Association

When I ask association leaders (both volunteers and staff professionals) what their biggest long-term governance challenge is, the most frequent answer I hear back is the challenge of bringing the next generation of leaders on board. The Nature of Associations Association Governance governance system leadership

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Tactical Or Strategic: Which Best Describes Your Governing Nonprofit Board

Velvet Chainsaw

To be an effective governing Board, there must be a clear definition of strategy, defined expectations of their leadership role, resources, and finances. The post Tactical Or Strategic: Which Best Describes Your Governing Nonprofit Board appeared first on Velvet Chainsaw.

N.Y. Group Creates Council to Support Women in County Government

Associations Now

The New York State Association of Counties has established the first statewide program focused on supporting women in county government: the Women’s Leadership Council. The Women’s Leadership Council builds on NYSAC’s existing series of workshops and training for women in government.

NFL. Rams. Association Governance.

SCD Group

All association professionals need to remember this mantra: “It’s their organization not yours!” Last week, the National Football League’s Board of Governors voted to authorize the (Cleveland/Los Angeles/St. Louis) Rams to move (again) to Los Angeles. The decision upset fans in St. Louis. along with San Diego and Oakland (other franchises seeking to move.) An association colleague (St. Louis native and former Rams ticket holder)sent me the following note saying, “for your next blog.”

Opening the Door to Government Members

Associations Now

In some fields, associations can’t fully carry out their mission of guiding smart policy and facilitating information exchange if government employees aren’t part of their membership community. We are looking at unique ways to get new and potential members from government involved.”.

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With New Administration, Government Communications Group Reasserts Members’ Role

Associations Now

The National Association of Government Communicators issued a public reminder of its members’ roles and responsibilities as the administration transitions and several federal agencies have restricted their communications.

Report: Governments Must Help Manage Transition to Driverless Trucks

Associations Now

In a recent report, the International Transport Forum and other groups offer governments worldwide recommendations for addressing problems that will likely arise as a result of more and more driverless trucks on the road.

Ten “next truths” of governing the 21st century association

Principled Innovation

To inspire association leaders to embrace strategic legitimacy, I have identified the following ten “next truths” of governing the 21st century association. By articulating these ten beliefs about the new work of governing, I’m hoping to replace some of the old baggage that still weighs down board performance. To inspire association leaders to embrace strategic legitimacy, I have identified ten "next truths" of governing the 21st century association.

Keeping Your Governing Documents Up to Date

Associations Now

Making sure your four key governing documents are aligned will help you define the day-to-day operations and goals of your board. When was the last time you reviewed your governing documents to make sure they are aligned with one another and your mission?

British Groups Plot Out New Corporate Governance Guidance

Associations Now

officials—including Prime Minister Theresa May—giving extra scrutiny to corporate governance issues, two trade groups are working on guidelines of their own to help company boards better represent their stakeholders’ interests. With U.K.

Groups Release Local Government Broadband Resource Guide

Associations Now

Through the National Resource Network, the International City/County Management Association released a resource guide to help local governments increase high-speed internet access. The post Groups Release Local Government Broadband Resource Guide appeared first on Associations Now

Governance Month

Moving through the Association World

This month’s Acroynm’s topic is Governance , one of my weakest areas. Remember my opinions come from limited experience with governance and working with a board. Work Acronym ASAE Big Idea governance non profit boards Non ProfitsLast months Acronym topic, Big Ideas, was a great way to end the year. Reading the comments so far on the post tell me I am not alone with my lack of experience with boards.

Government Shutdown: What It Means for Nonprofits

Associations Now

From determining how to pay staff to facing increased demand for their services, nonprofits that rely on government funding are going to feel the effects of the federal shutdown no matter how long it lasts. When government stops, payments aren’t delayed only to nonprofits.

Association Subculture: Authenticity in Association Governance.

Association Subculture

Too bad, people say what's wrong with the kids today. Tell you right now they've got nothing to lose. They're building empire! Game point, nobody wins. Decline, right on time. What happened to the dream sublime? Tear it all

Yes you can: government relations on the CAE exam

Association Advocacy Chick

Last week, I had the pleasure of co-presenting with Brian Pallasch from the American Society of Civil Engineers on Domain 6: Government Relations (GR), Public Policy and Coalition Building.

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The Case for Training Staff on Governance

Associations Now

OK; describe governance that way and the question answers itself. What does your organization do educate your staffers about your board structure, or train them for governance work? The post The Case for Training Staff on Governance appeared first on Associations Now

Government Shutdown Could Derail Meals-on-Wheels

Associations Now

The clock is ticking for many government-funded nonprofits. Every day that the government shutdown continues, the harder the hit to their bottom lines. Government funding is not the lion’s share of their funds, but it’s significant enough.”.

Contractor Groups Warn of Government Shutdown Risks

Associations Now

With the federal government heading toward another shutdown next week, a leading contractor group highlights the disruption that a shutdown would cause for its members. Congress’ latest flirtation with a federal government shutdown is not getting a warm reaction from federal contractors.

Cambodian Government Set to Approve Strict NGO Regulations

Associations Now

Any group advocating for human rights, basic freedoms, and good governance can be shut down and criminalized. Similar to the proposed laws in China and Egypt, the Cambodian legislation will require NGOs to register with the government and be subjected to increased oversight and scrutiny.

Government Relations Group Backs Lobbying Reform Effort

Associations Now

With a bill signaling a renewed push for lobbying reform in Congress, a leading government relations group says it supports efforts to increase transparency and reporting. For its part, the Association of Government Relations Professionals (AGRP) says it remains committed to lobbying reform.

The Ideal Governance Model

Plexus Consulting

By Steven Worth, President, Plexus Consulting LLC Each organization tends to have that governance structure that reflects its values and culture. If having every voice at the table for every definable stakeholder group is what is most important to an organization then such groups tend to emphasize those traits while also accepting that the trade-off is to have process-intense decision-making governance structures that resist change.

State Government Groups Release Recommendations for IT Procurement

Associations Now

Two groups representing state employees released an action plan, encouraging state governments to improve the process of acquiring technology. The post State Government Groups Release Recommendations for IT Procurement appeared first on Associations Now

Government Shutdown: Associations Prepare, Help Members

Associations Now

Chamber of Commerce , that signed a letter sent to Congress warning lawmakers about the dangers of a federal government shutdown. economy continuing to underperform, the federal government needs to maintain its normal operations pending a successful outcome of broader budgetary reforms.”

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Study: Government Meetings Benefit Economy and Productivity

Associations Now

Travel Association, government meetings are more cost-effective than private-sector meetings, and government attendance at meetings provides opportunities to advance industries. According to the study, government travel to meetings and conferences in 2011 generated $5.5

Government Shutdown: What It Means for Meetings

Associations Now

While a government shutdown will negatively affect how visitors experience Washington, DC, we want to let the public know: DC is open for business,” said Elliott L. Associations with events scheduled in venues owned or operated by the federal government may be forced to find another location.

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[Cool Infographic Friday] How Government Agencies Use Twitter and Facebook


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Shutdown, But Not Out: GR Will Continue If Government Closes

Associations Now

Barring an eleventh-hour deal, the federal government could be heading toward its first shutdown since 1996. Even if the feds close their doors, association government relations departments will stay open for business. Government relations work won’t end.

Words Make Worlds - Part 3 - Governance vs Stewardship

Association Subculture

(Last August, I became deeply inspired by work coming from David Cooperrider and Lindsey N. Godwin at Case Western - Positive Organization Development: Innovation-inspired Change in an Economy and Ecology of