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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

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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Just because it’s easy and you can, doesn’t mean you should

Golden's Rules for Association

Among the high level takeaways was the need to remember that most of the arcane web of political communication, intellectual property, privacy, and commercial law that governs our digital world was written decades before digital was [.]. That was the common thread from the presentations and discussion at TREND’s Annual Communications Legal Update on October 26th.

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 [.].

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

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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


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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.

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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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

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?

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.

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.”

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.

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

Four Better Governance Questions Than “What’s Your Board Size?”

Associations Now

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.

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

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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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

Fashion Innovation Group to Government: Let’s Partner on Internet of Things

Associations Now

“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.”

The Hourglass Blog: The Sad Paradox of Board Governance

The Hourglass Blog

The Sad Paradox of Board Governance. This post really got me thinking. In it, Roger Martin describes what he calls the "sad paradox of board governance" in the corporate world. It's worth a full read, but the quick summary is

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.

MPI Forecast Puts Government Events in Steep Decline

Associations Now

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

Associations Now

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.

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.

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.

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.

Sequestration’s Impact Lingers for Government-Focused Tradeshows

Associations Now

But a closer look shows that events that rely on government attendance are still hurting. The quick decline of the 37-year-old expo shows the continued impact that sequestration-related budget cuts and government employee meeting attendance restrictions have had on the industry.

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.”.

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

Airline Group Wants Industry, Government Help With Unruly Passengers

Associations Now

With thousands of cases of passenger conflict reported on airlines each year, the International Air Transport Association is seeking to boost cooperation among governments, airports, and airlines. “But a robust solution needs alignment among airlines, airports, and governments.”

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.

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.

Where’s the diversity in association government relations?

Association Advocacy Chick

Even within the Washington Government Relations Group, an organization of African-American government relations professionals, association lobbyists make up a small percentage of the membership. Why are there so few people of color within association government relations? Without disclosing specifics, I was recently involved in an activity which gave me a snapshot of something I know all too well.

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Think Like a Programmer: How Governance Could Look Like GitHub

Associations Now

When the Brookings Institution refers to a software tool as something so significant that it could change the long-term nature of government, you better believe smart people are listening. ” When governance works too quickly, the ground can look unstable.