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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

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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

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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’

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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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