Trade Association Advocacy and the Political Conventions
JULY 19, 2016
That year I learned how much happens in a convention host city outside the convention hall and I made lasting personal connections with people involved in government and politics. The government’s impact on your industry isn’t fading, so why should your political outreach?
What Should You Expect From Your Trade Association?
AUGUST 15, 2016
Healthy industries include companies of many different types and sizes, but these companies have different needs when it comes to government regulation and compliance. Government relations programs come in many shapes and sizes, but your association almost certainly needs to have one.
What is Association Management?
JULY 13, 2016
Non-profit corporations have a governing body, usually a board of directors. The governing body manages the operation of the organization, usually by hiring a senior staff person that has the title of “president” or “executive director.”
Advice for New Lawyers
MARCH 4, 2014
I’m speaking again this week to University of Alabama law students about career opportunities for lawyers working in government relations. This has all changed, first with on-line services like Lexis and Westlaw, and then simply the Internet and free on-line government publications.
Association Management and Board Reports: “Done is Better Than Perfect
JULY 29, 2013
I have learned the hard way what can happen when an association executive doesn’t adequately communicate with their governing board or board chair. The Beautiful Trees at Highlands Swim and Tennis Club – McLean, VA.
Speaking to Alabama Law Students about the Association World
APRIL 12, 2013
Partner Mike House is the organizer of Alabama’s government relations program that brings students to Washington for a semester to work and study. So I took an offer in 2000 to be the Director of Government Relations, for an association management company called The Roberts Group.
Global Color Conference 2012
SEPTEMBER 14, 2012
The regulatory and public affairs horizon for color use is challenging and IACM delivered leaders from industry and government to help the members sort out the issues. Congratulations to the International Association of Color Manufacturers (IACM) for hosting a great conference this week in Chicago. Early September in Chicago was beautiful and IACM created a great event for color manufacturers and user companies.
Association Management Basics: Successful Leadership Transitions
JANUARY 31, 2016
An executive leadership transition is a great way to propel an association forward, reflecting the updated goals of the governing board. I just finished Hans Finzel’s Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make.
ASAE Rocks and Cowboy, is that a Big Screen!
AUGUST 15, 2012
Advocacy and government relations. I’m just back from a few days in Dallas where I gave a speech at an amazing ASAE Annual Meeting and Exhibition. ASAE included all of the critical elements of a good meeting: fun networking events, good content, and excellent organization and logistics.
“Big Food” and Organic
JULY 8, 2012
Strom doesn’t have much positive to say about organic, she’s apparently appalled that big companies are making organic foods and the critics think “Big Food” has too much to say about how the government defines “organic.”.
Does Your Association Produce Videos?
JUNE 26, 2012
It’s no longer news that video is a viable and effective medium for association and non-profit communications; what’s news is how effective it is in furthering the critical objectives of your organization. I’m presenting at the ASAE Annual Meeting in Dallas, August 11-14.
Association Leader: Ernie Rosenberg
JUNE 19, 2012
Ernie Rosenberg’s professional experience is grounded in environmental law and he’s been a senior environmental, health and safety manager both in government and the private sector since 1975. Ernie Rosenberg, President & CEO, American Cleaning Institute.
What is Association Management?
JUNE 9, 2012
All non-profit corporations must have a governing body, usually a board of directors. The governing body manages the operation of the organization, usually by hiring a senior staff person, usually with the title of president or executive director.
Why This Blog?
JUNE 7, 2012
Non-Profit Operations and Governance – the associations that we support are their own independent corporate entities. I need to put down some thoughts about why I’m publishing this blog and what I expect I’ll be writing about. Association Management – this is what we do at Verto Solutions and I want us to do it better. It’s still a relatively new field and we are a new company. Every day presents opportunities for innovation and I want to discuss these ideas with my readers.
Guest Post: Personalization Requires Reflection and Governance
MARCH 15, 2017
As digital communications mature and competition on web and mobile increases, we see more personalized digital experiences—sites and apps that seem to know us and be able to deliver just what we want and need. So what does that mean for you?
Implementing Website Governance for Associations
APRIL 8, 2015
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.
Humanizing Government Relations
Association Advocacy Chick
MAY 1, 2012
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.
Business Roundtable Governance Guidelines Add Diversity Focus
OCTOBER 14, 2016
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.
Blockchain Stakeholders Gather to Forge Governance Strategy
AUGUST 31, 2016
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.
With New Administration, Government Communications Group Reasserts Members’ Role
JANUARY 31, 2017
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.
[Cool Infographic Friday] How Government Agencies Use Twitter and Facebook
DECEMBER 11, 2015
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Government Shutdown: What It Means for Nonprofits
SEPTEMBER 30, 2013
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.
Keeping Your Governing Documents Up to Date
AUGUST 15, 2016
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?
Government Shutdown: What It Means for Meetings
OCTOBER 3, 2013
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.
Governance is governance; management is management
JUNE 5, 2014
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.
The Case for Training Staff on Governance
MARCH 30, 2015
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
Ten “next truths” of governing the 21st century association
JANUARY 9, 2013
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.
NFL. Rams. Association Governance.
JANUARY 17, 2016
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.”
Study: Government Meetings Benefit Economy and Productivity
JULY 30, 2013
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
British Groups Plot Out New Corporate Governance Guidance
JANUARY 13, 2017
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.
Four Better Governance Questions Than “What’s Your Board Size?”
SEPTEMBER 15, 2014
But it takes more than numbers to make sure your governance runs like clockwork. The post Four Better Governance Questions Than “What’s Your Board Size?” Is the secret to Apple’s success its small board size? Perhaps.
Fashion Innovation Group to Government: Let’s Partner on Internet of Things
JUNE 6, 2016
“FIA values the privacy of the consumers using fashion tech products and services, and we recommend that any new policies governing IoT create an environment that supports and advances the ever-growing fashion tech industry without limiting innovation.”
Government Shutdown: Associations Prepare, Help Members
SEPTEMBER 30, 2013
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.”
State Government Groups Release Recommendations for IT Procurement
JANUARY 23, 2017
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
Bringing the next generation into governance
Golden's Rules for Association
MARCH 28, 2012
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
Words Make Worlds - Part 3 - Governance vs Stewardship
MARCH 21, 2011
(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
Lobbyist vs. Government Relations
Association Advocacy Chick
SEPTEMBER 13, 2013
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
MPI Forecast Puts Government Events in Steep Decline
MARCH 13, 2015
A new quarterly report from Meeting Professionals International finds that many meeting planners expect government meetings, which have been dogged by spending scandals, to stay in decline in the near future.
Indictment Says Cyberhackers Targeted Associations, Government Agencies
OCTOBER 9, 2013
Thirteen members of an international cyberhacking ring formerly linked to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange have been indicted in federal court in connection with an anti-copyright campaign of attacks that targeted trade associations, government entities, and others.
Proposing governance changes – what the CIPR did
JULY 9, 2014
Governance changes can be a difficult sell to members. It was interesting to see the CIPR’s recent governance change process in action. They mapped the changes across their governance structure and explained what the implications were for their Charter, Bylaws and Regulations.