Paradoxes in Association Management

Eric Lanke

In it, she wonders which members association staff should pay the most attention to: those most or those least actively engaged in the association's activities. Here I'm talking about "program" committees, those formed to help the association conduct its programs.

Re-Establishing a Collapsed Committee: 4 Steps

MembersClicks

Committees are a great way to delegate tasks at your association. Unfortunately, committees sometimes fail - people become disengaged, deadlines start to slip, and sooner or later, the weight of the committee is left on only one or two people.

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A Committee By Any Other Name

Eric Lanke

One of the very first posts I wrote for this blog (back in September 2011) was titled, " Should Committees Report to the Board? " In the post, I argued that committees whose function was programmatic (i.e., Our four types of committees are: 1. Working Committees.

Eric Lanke: Should Committees Report to the Board?

Eric Lanke

Association executive and author. Leadership. Should Committees Report to the Board? Its a question, I know, that never even occurs to leaders in many associations. Should committees report to the board?" The Finance Committee. The Nominating Committee.

4 Tips to Revitalize Your “Black Sheep” Committee

MembersClicks

If your association is like most, you have that one committee that just can’t keep the attention of your members and ends up feeling like a struggle to even keep afloat. Take a look at our four tips that will help bring life back into your “black sheep” committee and regain your members interest! association management association leadership small staff association member engagement member retention membership management Small Staff Chatter

Association Management - Building a Vision for Your Conference

Association Subculture

Association Management - Building a Vision for Your Conference. If you think about it, your conference may be the most important asset your association has both in terms of member connection, financial benefit and goodwill. The good news is, I evolved with the help of some of awesome peers and thinkers out here in our association community (Yeah, @jeffhurt , @velchain , @JoanEisenstodt , @jcufaude , @ginsut , @mbobrow , @steveswafford , @asegar - Im looking at you!)

Association Management - Truthiness and Lies, Lies, Lies

Association Subculture

Association Management - Truthiness and Lies, Lies, Lies. Or maybe an admission in a conference registration brochure that says, "Our association focuses on community but we dont always get it right. Labels: association , marketing , transparency. association. (25).

Seven Keys to Running a Successful Meeting

Association Leaders

Meetings are necessary to achieve consensus – especially in associations. The meeting leader (President, Committee Chair, etc.) should be a facilitator, not a dictator This is very important and is often a difference between for profit corporate leaders and successful association leaders. If you follow these seven simple steps your meetings will be efficient and will lead to successes for your association.

Seven Snowy Lessons in Association Management : Off Stage

Off Stage

7, 2012 - Seven Snowy Lessons in Association Management. But the association manager in me never is quiet. I know, I know: this is especially difficult in an organization run by a committee. 7, 2012 - RE: Seven Snowy Lessons in Association Management.

Creating an Effective Nominating Process for your Association

Association Leaders

It’s the time of year again when many associations are implementing their nomination and election process. Because associations are groups of people or companies in the same profession or industry there are many opportunities for conflict and other challenges as an association goes through its nomination and election process. . it is important that every association have a clear nomination and election process and that the process is followed each and every time.

SCD Group: 12 Tips for association board/committee work

SCD Group

AMR Management Services. Stronger by Association. 12 Tips for association board/committee work. So, how do we enhance the time spent in board or committee meetings? Ensure committees have clear assignments/roles and be sure they dont overstep. Pages. About.

Scouting for Talent within Your Association Membership

Association Management

What does baseball have to do with association membership? Great associations need to follow baseball’s example. Talent development doesn’t happen by accident—your organization needs a member management strategy, to develop talent systematically.

Leadership Training With a Personal Touch

Associations Now

Why one association is setting up shop to handle individualized board consulting and CEO searches. If you’re the head of an association, how responsible are you for improving the quality of leadership within its industry?

Keeping Association Leaders and Staff Accountable

Association Leaders

Associations are no different – except that associations are led by volunteers. This is the biggest mistake we see associations make every day. However, it’s an easy mistake to make because of the nature of volunteer leadership. Volunteers have “real jobs”; volunteers have families, volunteers have other interests AND volunteers aren’t getting paid to do their “Association job”. At each meeting (committee, board, staff, etc.)

You’re Never Too Young to Conquer New Challenges

Association Adviser

Christina McCoy, AMPED Association Management. Do you remember how you started working in associations? This month’s Corner Office professional, Christina McCoy, CAE , landed her first association job literally hours after taking her last college exam.

No Silver Bullet for Association Success – It’s about the Members

Association Leaders

As a leading Association Management Company (AMC) we are often asked by prospective association client partners and volunteer leaders of associations, “What is the key to making an association successful?”. They, understandably, want a ‘silver bullet’ or ‘easy button’ answer – something they can easily implement to make their association successful. . The key to association success can be found in one word – Members. .

Association Management Lessons from the Public Sector : Off Stage

Off Stage

3, 2010 - Association Management Lessons from the Public Sector. Often the public sector is motivated by consensus building, not problem solving—and thats a problem thats common in membership associations as well. Leadership Thoughts: Crafting the Job Description.

The Hourglass Blog: Which Committee Are You On?

The Hourglass Blog

Which Committee Are You On? A new post, "Which Committee Are You On?" Labels: Leadership. Association Management. Leadership. Leadership Potential of GenX. Management. Association Subculture. Which Committee Are You On? skip to main | skip to sidebar. Monday, November 14, 2011. At the end of this year I will no longer be posting here at The Hourglass Blog. To see my reasons why click here.

The Hourglass Blog: Should Committees Report to the Board?

The Hourglass Blog

Should Committees Report to the Board? Its a question, I know, that never even occurs to leaders in many associations. Should committees report to the board?" There are some committees whose jobs clearly relate to the governance of the association. Leadership.

Back to basics: Education programs

Aaron Wolowiec

I recently facilitated two sessions on meeting planning and professional development for the Michigan Society of Association Executive’s (MSAE) Academy of Association Management. Significant percentages of association memberships attend annual meetings or trade shows.

Association Leadership: Stepping Into Chairs Role

SCD Group

The Problem: The association bylaws require significant representation on the Board of Directors from the transportation companies and also that the President and President-Elect come from these companies. They often have, limited experience serving on the association at any level.

3 Strategies to Recruit Members Through Association Software

Blue Sky eLearn

When it comes to recruitment for your association, you have to walk a thin line. So how can your association put this theory into practice? Try these strategies, all made possible with the right association management software solution: Increase exposure to your membership program.

Leadership Development: The Shooting at Fish Technique : Off Stage

Off Stage

19, 2012 - Leadership Development: The Shooting at Fish Technique. At the end of my leadership term we were housed in a different building, but I was totally exhausted. “Won’t you serve on the Leadership Development committee?” Financial Management.

How Do You Get A Volunteer Board to Perform its Best?

Association Leaders

Whether you are a volunteer leader of an association or an association staff member, its critical that you are doing everything you can to help your Board of Directors perform at its best. Hopefully the reason is obvious – if a Board is performing at its best, the association it is leading should achieve its mission. I read an article on this subject in Association’s Now recently that was very interesting.

Are You Ready to Onboard Your New Volunteer Leaders?

MembersClicks

At the risk of inducing year-end stress, we ask you this: Are you and your board considering candidates to fill committee leadership slots in the new year?

How do you Nurture Future Leaders?

Association Leaders

Interesting post recently from the Leadership Freak titled, “ 32 Things to say to Young Leaders “ Read the list. Several of the associations we partner with have created “Future Leaders” committees and other networking opportunities. Future leaders want to learn leadership lessons from current bosses and mentors (the do’s and the don’ts).

Governance and Strategy: Steps from Administrative Management to Strategic Leadership

SCD Group

Name of Association: National professional society Description of the Organization: 2,500 member professional society of survey and research professionals Annual budget of $1.25 There was a laser focus on day to day management and details, and the board would repeat committee work.

Leadership Thoughts: Crafting the Job Description : Off Stage

Off Stage

24, 2012 - Leadership Thoughts: Crafting the Job Description. One exception I discovered with th e Wilmington, NC Association’s position description for association president, which reads like a pledge which might be signed by someone taking office. Financial Management.

Management Case Study : Off Stage

Off Stage

12, 2010 - Management Case Study. An AE friend writes: “Wow, have we got a little tempest in our Technology Committee teapot! Our Committee has been meeting for a year to discuss revisions to our association website. ” AE means Association Enforcer ?

Eliminate Roadblocks to Planning—Integration Transforms Strategy into Action

.orgCommunity

The corner office of the Association for Ad Hoc Planning – Afternoon. The membership manager looks like a deer in the headlights. Membership Manager. Membership Manager shifts in her chair. Membership Manager. Strategy Meltdown —The screen play.

Eliminate Roadblocks to Planning—Integration Transforms Strategy into Action

.orgCommunity

the corner office of the Association for Ad Hoc Planning – Afternoon. The membership manager looks like a deer in the headlights. Membership Manager. Membership Manager shifts in her chair. Membership Manager. Strategy Meltdown —The screen play.

A Little Something About 20-somethings

Association Management

For over a decade, I have been attending standards and technology-focused events sponsored by client associations as well as forums hosted by venerable U.S. Are your board and committee leadership committed to recruiting new younger members?

Maintaining Your Business Continuity in the Event of a Man-Made or Natural Disaster

Association Management

For any association, consortium or standards - setting organization (or , for that matter, just about any other type of group or business), having such a strategy to rely on in a crisis is essential, yet it’s also often overlooked. The committee should meet on a regular and consistent basis.

What happens when the magic is gone? And how to get it back!

Association Management

There’s been some turnover in the leadership; some energetic founding Board members have left to pursue newer, more exciting areas. It’s become hard to get volunteers to sign up to head committees, working group attendance is down, membership renewals are lagging.

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Building your Business Continuity Plan

Association Management

In the wake of a natural disaster affecting your technology alliance or association , you stand in the midst of the rubble that was once your business and wonder how in the world you will notify everyone and tell them that the organization and office no longer exist.

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Making Meetings Productive

Association Leaders

There are staff meetings, conference calls, webinars, committee and task force meetings, board meetings, conferences, trade shows, and more. Association Management Companies CM Services Leadership Meetings Uncategorized VolunteerismI participate in many meetings – in fact, every day I am involved in one or more meetings of one kind or another.

Fastest Way to Fail – Keep the Wrong People

Association Leaders

Think about any team you’ve ever been on or seen (it could be an athletic team, could be a work team, or a volunteer committee). Association Management Companies CM Services Leadership Uncategorized VolunteerismWhat’s the one thing all leaders know but few leaders can implement? The fastest way to fail is to keep the wrong people on your team.

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Give Your Data the Muscle to be Convincing

.orgCommunity

If you’ve been considering how to make the most of new data that’s available from your association management system, Thad Lurie, number cruncher extraordinaire and vice president business intelligence at Experient, had some great recommendations. A data centered approach certainly supports the trend in the association community toward knowledge-based strategy and governance. I chaired the committee that developed that program.

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Eric Lanke: Things I've Learned from Being a Board Member

Eric Lanke

Association executive and author. Leadership. Ive recently accepted the nomination to move onto the Executive Committee of the Wisconsin Society of Association Executives. Things like: Association staff are pulled in too many different directions. Leadership. (22).

13 scary board situations for association executives

SCD Group

In managing their nonprofit organizations, association executives often find themselves facing unexpected situations. Many of these situations are not covered in association management literature. Yikes, this is a tough one for the association executive.