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Golden's Rules for Association

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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CEO effectiveness & volunteer boards

Golden's Rules for Association

Uncategorized The Nature of Associations The Way We Are Association Governance leadershipI was recently invited to share one piece of advice from what I have learned in my years as an association chief staff officer on effective partnership with volunteer leaders, for a book soon to be published by ASAE. After giving some thought to the matter, for me it came down to what Jim Collins calls Level […].


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A Tale of Two Paradigms

Golden's Rules for Association

They govern how we see things … and can blind you to realties that don’t fit your governing paradigm. Paradigms are the frames of reference that filter our view of the world. Take professional licensure. It’s a no-brainer, right? Some form of professional licensure has existed in America for lawyers since 1763, for physicians and dentists […]. Uncategorized engineering licensure PE

The extent (and limits) of a board’s authority

Golden's Rules for Association

The Nature of Associations Association Governance BoardsThe rich “are different than you and me,” F. Scott Fitzgerald famously observed. (“Yes, they have more money,” Ernest Hemingway is apocryphally reported to have cynically added.) In the same vein, non-profit boards are different from corporate boards. They have less latitude to lead. Even when they have the clear legal authority and are acting [.].

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Consensus is not a dirty word

Golden's Rules for Association

The Nature of Associations Association Governance governance system leadership role of associationsAt a GWSAE Speakers Series event a number of years ago, Margaret Thatcher described consensus as the opposite of leadership. She used words to the effect that consensus is an abdication of leadership obligations; true leaders take you somewhere the group otherwise would never go. Recently, on ASAE’s CEO network listserv, a rather energetic discussion [.].

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The myth about ‘special interests’

Golden's Rules for Association

government data shows that associations spend many times more on educational activities than on lobbying). Much of the public thinks of associations as “special interests” who do nothing but lobby the system to game advantage (even though U. In my opinion, “special interest” is a pejorative only when applied to a group whose interests [.]. Association Advocacy role of associations

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Nonprofit Boards: 7 Key Responsibilities for Good Governance

Wild Apricot

Learn about seven key responsibilities nonprofit boards must fulfill for successful governance Nonprofit boards have legal and ethical duties to fulfill — do you know what they are?


Nonprofit Boards: 7 Key Responsibilities for Good Governance

Wild Apricot

This is a guest post from Jeb Banner, founder and CEO of Boardable. New board members often bring a contagious enthusiasm with them to board meetings, and these passionate individuals can breathe life into any nonprofit board. However, newcomers don’t. organizational-management


Important Trends in Virtual Sponsorships, Membership, and Government Relations – Association Hustle Podcast Episode 249

Moery Company

Executing fantastic, incredible government relations – whether it’s regulatory, whether it’s in the States, whether it’s in Washington, DC – and articulating your hard work and telling the story about how you’re helping member businesses now.

When to Pivot from Crisis to Re-emergence Governance

Association Adviser

One question associations must ask is when to shift our focus from crisis to re-emergence governance, especially with uncertainty about the future. The post When to Pivot from Crisis to Re-emergence Governance appeared first on Association Adviser.

Governance vs Management and Defining Your Board’s Role

Association Adviser

How do we encourage board members to focus on governance and not management? The post Governance vs Management and Defining Your Board’s Role appeared first on Association Adviser. Features Leadership association leadership board governance

Reinventing Association Governance

Association Success

What is the future of governing? With limitless topics to pick apart, we quickly homed in on three: staffing practices, business models, and governance structures. When we picked subgroups, I signed on to tackle governance. When it comes to innovation in associations, I feel like governance often gets short shrift relative to the impact it could have on strategy and member engagement. We shouldn’t rule out government as a source of inspiration for those systems.

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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. In other words, it puts the Board squarely in charge of governance, the association CEO squarely in charge of management, and creates a bright line between the two. In the view of my Board chair, those were the only kind of discussions that would keep the Board squarely in its governance role.

The Secret to Selling Government Affairs and Advocacy - Moery Company

Moery Company

How do you sell government relations as one of the most valuable aspects of association membership? We’ve been successful in selling for associations with great government relations and advocacy programs – and, key to success is to make advocacy tangible and segmented. Large companies often have a lobbying firm with government relations staff on board, or, perhaps a DC corporate office. Their government relations staff seem less familiar with how things work in Washington.

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Selling Government Relations as a Key Member Benefit

Moery Company

So, how do you sell government relations as one of most valuable aspects of association membership? We’ve been successful in selling for associations with great government relations and advocacy programs. Large companies often have their own lobbying firms – with government relations staff on board, or, perhaps a DC corporate office. However, they often don’t have the government relations or industry affairs infrastructure or experience of larger counterparts.

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What Is Content Governance and Why Does It Matter?

Association Adviser

That understanding is the foundation of content governance: If you’re not creating, you’re maintaining or evaluating. The post What Is Content Governance and Why Does It Matter? Features Marketing & Communications Take AIM content governance content marketing Mighty CitizenContent is never complete. appeared first on Association Adviser.

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. From approximately 2010 to 2012, the federal government allowed SBA 504 loans to be used for refinancing since there were so many enterprises going out of business, particularly those that had investments in real estate. The post Advocacy and Governance 2.0

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Internet Association Hires New Director Of Federal Government Affairs


Washington, DC – Internet Association (IA) announced today that Amy Bos joined the organization as Director of Federal Government Affairs. Bos comes to IA from the National Association of Realtors where she focused on digital privacy, copyright, and other tech related issues. “We

Website Governance for Associations


Precisely why you need to know about website governance. Website governance is a system for managing your online presence in an orderly way. From an association’s perspective, website governance lays the necessary foundation for your digital presence. Website governance is not the same as website management. Website governance is about putting policies and procedures in place to ensure a consistent look. How website governance benefits your association.

Proposing governance changes – what the CIPR did

Optimist Consulting

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. Have you had to communicate governance proposals to members? Governance Membership They can be complex (and not always very interesting!)

Why Is Association Governance Restructure So Hard? Here’s Why It Shouldn’t Be.

World Class Boards

There are great books on governance that tell big boards to downsize; shift to competency-based, rather than constituency or geography-based selection system; be nimble, responsive and strategic; and select the best people for the job, not just those who “worked their way through the positions and did their time.” It’s not hard to look at an association’s governance structure and say, “Wow, that’s nuts.” The Boilerplate Theory (Or Why Governance Restructure Shouldn’t Be So Hard).

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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Associations Need to Get Better at Governing

Association Success

Bottom line, associations need to get really good at governing so they can attract the best people, inspire their members and achieve great results. How can a board become a force for good? Every year, thousands upon millions of hours of dollars are wasted and volunteers and staff get burned out all because of boards that are flying blind without a clue on how to really be a board.

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. For free Web Governance downloads and resources, visit Web Governance is a discipline that describes how to manage an online presence in a controlled and orderly way.

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

Download Now: Foresight is the Future of Governing

Association Adviser

Foresight is the Future of Governing is a free electronic resource that questions detrimental orthodox beliefs of association governing and argues that societal transformation requires boards to focus their attention on the most critical work of stewardship: understanding, anticipating and preparing for the future through the consistent practice of foresight. The future of governing must be different. Features The Duty of Foresight association governance

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Digital Governance is Critical for Digital Transformation


Digital Governance is Critical for Digital Transformation. Associations are generally experts in governance. However, they may have a blind spot when it comes to governing their digital presence. A lack of digital governance causes many of the same problems that a lack of association governance causes for an organization: a lack of accountability, a lack of clarity about roles and responsibilities, and an inability to make good decisions in the face of change and uncertainty.

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. Think about your conference planning team, your leadership and your governance system as you answer each question. These questions have been adapted from author Addington’s writings about leadership, governance and high impact boards.

Digital governance framework for membership organisations

Optimist Consulting

I was interested to read a recent report about digital governance by Lisa Welchman, Digital Governance: A Primer for Content Marketers , on the Content Marketing Institute’s website. I found the report’s four-step process for creating a digital governance framework useful for helping organisations to effectively manage their digital presence. Do you have a digital governance system in place?

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.

5 Survival Tips for Associations – Association Hustle Podcast Episode 268 (8m 17s)

Moery Company

Integration of government relations and business development. Integrate your government relations team with your business development work. Integration of government relations and business development. Integrate your government relations team with your business development work.

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Conference Circuit: Local Government Managers

Associations Now

More than 3,000 local government managers and their staffs from around the world are headed to Nashville to discover tools and strategies for making their communities a better place to live, work, and play. Field demonstrations and site visits will give attendees the chance to see the most innovative local government projects in the Nashville area. The post Conference Circuit: Local Government Managers appeared first on Associations Now Rundown Attendees: 3,000 plus.

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. The issue, they argued, was not an issue of governance, but an issue of management, and therefore had no place at the Board table. It surprised even me, that my Board, who have been embracing governance as their watch word for several years, would be so scrupulous about it.

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Pennsylvania Government to Levy Tax on Membership Fees

Associations Now

PICPA is very concerned about this ruling,” said Vice President of Government Relations Peter N. The post Pennsylvania Government to Levy Tax on Membership Fees appeared first on Associations Now The state’s Department of Revenue recently issued a ruling saying that membership fees to join a professional association are taxable if members receive tangible personal property in exchange for their dues payment.

Government Shutdown Takes Toll on Weather Conference

Associations Now

But thanks to the government shutdown, at least 500 fewer attendees are expected. Imagine if little more than two weeks out from your organization’s annual meeting, a partial government shutdown meant that more than 10 percent of your expected 4,000 attendees—many of whom are government employees, researchers, and contractors—could likely no longer attend. Unfortunately, we’re just getting more and more cancellations, and nothing is happening at the government level.

Internet Association Opens Texas Office And Hires State Government Affairs Southern Region Director


Robert Callahan, Senior Vice President, State Government Affairs. Austin, TX – Internet Association (IA) announced today the opening of a Southern Region office in Austin, TX, with James Hines joining the organization as Director of State Government Affairs, Southern Region.

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Why I’m Optimistic About the Future of Association Governing

Association Success

In my new eBook, Foresight is The Future of Governing: Building Thrivable Boards, Stakeholders and Systems for the 21 st Century , I a rgue that associations must create a different future of governing by focusing the work of governing on the future. This way of thinking requires a fundamental shift away from association management’s orthodox beliefs about the role of the board and the nature of its work, and toward a future-ready perspective on what governing can become.

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AMS Implementations are 20% Technology and 80% Governance


AMS Implementations are only 20% technology; the rest is governance.” He made the case that with so many terrific and feature-rich AMS and CRM systems available to … Continue reading AMS Implementations are 20% Technology and 80% Governance → Association Management Software AMS AMS implementation GovernanceSuch were the provocative words by Thad Lurie, VP of Operations and CIO at EDUCAUSE, during the opening session at AMS Fest 2017 in Chicago earlier this month.

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. Governance is governance. ASAE association boards Association CEOs association executives association leadership governance Independent Sector Kenneth N.

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 is the question I’m trying to answer in this post and when I speak next week to University of Alabama law students that are in DC participating in a government relations externship program. This year I’m focusing on government relations because that’s what many of the students want to pursue when they graduate.