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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

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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

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 […].

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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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.

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. IStock_Credit:alekseykh.

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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.

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.

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Website Governance for Associations

GrowthZone

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.

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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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.

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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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

Government Shutdown Takes Toll on Weather Conference

Associations Now

But thanks to the government shutdown, at least 500 fewer attendees are expected. Unfortunately, we’re just getting more and more cancellations, and nothing is happening at the government level. They can’t log on to their government email addresses,” she said.

Government Shutdown Puts Damper on Association Meetings

Associations Now

Instead of working to reopen the federal government, the administration is robbing money collected from entrance fees to operate our national parks during this shutdown,” Pierno said in a news release.

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

World Class Boards

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). Particularly in large organizations that are upwards of 50 years old, governance structure is rarely truly challenged.

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?

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. Do you have a digital governance system in place?

Conference Circuit: Local Government Leaders

Associations Now

and international local government leaders, including city managers and budget analysts, are headed to Charm City in the next few days to learn about the innovative ideas and practical strategies they need to deal with the challenges facing the industry today. Rundown Attendees: 3,500 plus.

Guest Post: Personalization Requires Reflection and Governance

Vanguard Tech

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?

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.

What is Association Governance?

Informz

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”?

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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Download Now: Foresight is the Future of Governing

Association Adviser

The future of governing must be different. After reading this book, that idea should become a fundamental principle of action for board officers and directors, chief staff executives and all association decision-makers who are ready to rethink and remake the traditional work of governing.

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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.

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.

Daily Buzz: Govern for the Future

Associations Now

Governing associations with a forward-thinking approach will keep them relevant. Changes in an organization are not always welcome—especially when it comes to governance. The post Daily Buzz: Govern for the Future appeared first on Associations Now

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.

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.

The Carver Guide Series on Effective Board Governance by John Carver and Miriam Mayhew Carver

Eric Lanke

Back in 2007 I read Boards That Make a Difference , which lays out the Carver Model of Policy Governance in book form. An issue of the governance job itself? Or an issue of how governance connects with management? Very few nonprofit or public boards govern on their own behalf.

Strategies for Leveraging Your Government Affairs Staff for Membership Sales

Moery Company

It’s no surprise that for most trade associations, government affairs play a key role in membership recruitment. However, I believe associations should consider having your membership revolve around your government affairs efforts.

Google Shifts Governance Strategy for AMP Project

Associations Now

The mobile page project, largely associated with Google, will move to a governance model that will bring in outside companies to work on the open-source endeavor. Now Google, responding to the criticism, appears to be loosening the reins on the project by rethinking its governance strategy.

Data Governance in Action: How to Tame the Data Deluge & Make Better Decisions

Delcor

It takes the kind of planning and discipline made possible by an organizational strategy and a data governance team. Your first step to better insight and decision-making: a data governance team. The data governance team’s first assignment is an audit of existing data sources.

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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.

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: 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.

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.