Understanding the ABCs of Association Management Credentials

Association Success

This is especially true when attempting to navigate the alphabet soup of credentials and certifications geared towards association management professionals. Association/nonprofit management: Certified Association Executive (CAE).

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. Now if this has happened at your association, don’t beat yourself up. Collapsed committees are actually quite common.

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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. In my tweet, I called it one of the paradoxes of association management, meaning that inherently inclusive organizations needed to embrace a certain level of exclusivity in order to be successful. Here I'm talking about "program" committees, those formed to help the association conduct its programs.

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

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., related to how the association managed its programs, not how it governed itself) should, in fact, report to the chief staff executive. And that, despite the fact that my very own association hasn't formally adopted this convention. 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?" There are some committees whose jobs clearly relate to the governance of the association. The Finance Committee. The Nominating Committee. The Executive Committee. The Education Committee. The Membership Committee.

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.

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.

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.)

Association Management - Simplicity + Volume Might Do the Trick

Association Subculture

Association Management - Simplicity + Volume Might Do the Trick. What if your association stopped creating so many services? What if, when someone asked what your association did, you could answer in less than ten minutes? What could your association do if you could simplify what you do while simultaneously amplifying your volume? This will be a sea change from what our committees are used to, but it had to be done. Very simple association business model.

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. Or a note from your legislative committee that says, "You know, weve decided to drop our opposition to this bill because even though it will cost our members some money, its the right thing to do.". Labels: association , marketing , transparency. association. (25).

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. .

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. Shelters don’t do much good if I can’t get down my driveway (just as education and other opportunities in a trade association need to be relevant to the member’s business success). I know, I know: this is especially difficult in an organization run by a committee. 7, 2012 - RE: Seven Snowy Lessons in Association Management.

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. She currently works for AMPED Association Management in Madison, Wisc., Association Adviser: How did you get into association work? So, falling into associations was exciting after all.

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? · Routine items (minutes, committee reports, metrics, financial reports) can be placed in consent and assumed approved unless a director wants it added to the discussion agenda. · 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. Members ascend from volunteer roles, to committee chair roles, to Board member roles, and through a rotation of officer positions. 2. Do you regularly scan your association membership for stars?

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? Brooks is president and CEO of the Texas Society of Association Executives, and in recent years she’s witnessed a troubling amount of churn among top staff executives among her membership.

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.

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.

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. “What the members want” becomes the slogan for inaction, rather than accomplishment, and associations spend more resources on achieving group good feelings than on effecting significant progress in achieving their missions. (Im Blog Manage

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).

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. The Finance Committee. The Nominating Committee. The Executive Committee. But there are other committees whose jobs relate to the management of the association. Leadership.

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? Starting a new volunteer leader off on the right foot is vital to getting the work of the association done in a focused and intentional (Oh, and legal!) Well, first, here are a couple of general considerations that could pay off: association management association leadership membership management Small Staff Chatter

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. It’s again a reminder of the important intersection and relationship between learning and logistics, particularly as it relates to association education programs. Significant percentages of association memberships attend annual meetings or trade shows. Board/committee meetings.

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. Prospective members are much more likely to respond positively to a recruitment strategy that feels like a natural part of their interactions with your association than they are with outright marketing strategies that, in today’s media landscape, feel obvious and forceful. So how can your association put this theory into practice? Your association maintains profiles of your members.

Association Leadership: Stepping Into Chairs Role

SCD Group

Guest Post by Russ Lemieux, The Kellen Company Name of Association: International Transportation Industry Trade Organization Description of Organization: 400 member companies, including transportation companies and vendor companies; 50% based in the US, 25% in Europe and 25% in Asia and South America. These are largely middle management professionals and the culture of the industry is that they change responsibilities and jobs frequently.

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.

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?” ” Why, I thought, would you have a nominating committee called ‘Leadership Development’? A nominating committee by any other name is still a nominating committee. Blog Manager

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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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 million The Problem: The board members defined their jobs as management, not leadership, and they didn’t see the distinction. There was a laser focus on day to day management and details, and the board would repeat committee work. Guest Post by Greg Schultz of The Sherwood Group, Inc.

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. Picture yourself in the unenviable spotlight of a nominating committee, the tank of piranhas looking for a victim to serve up to the membership as meal…er, president. Write a monthly blog for the association website?

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. The committee wanted a change—the site needs a facelift. Then Spring came, the market started to rebound, and the Tech Committee lost interest in the project. But the association leadership seems to be calling for blood.

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? And then getting them integrated into the fabric of the organization (offering opportunities for leadership, join a committee, etc.)? association management Technology Membership

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. that everyone is talking about, but how does that help you when it’s only a part of your association’s information and business? The committee will elect the leader of the Business Continuity Plan , as well as the leader for the Disaster Recovery Plan.

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. Missed the major disruption on your association’s horizon. The bottom line was, your association didn’t get where you needed to go. Most associations, Sharon noted, are using a 50-year-old model to prepare for the future.

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. Missed the major disruption on your association’s horizon. The bottom line was, your association didn’t get where you needed to go. Most associations, Sharon noted, are using a 50-year-old model to prepare for the future.

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. This is a time when the leadership needs to take a good hard look at the organization and decide the best course of action, by working out the answers to tough questions like these: What would make members stay involved?

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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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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. Number three on y our priority list is forming your Business Continuity Management Team (BCMT). Legal Counsel or Insurance Policy Management. Leadership & Organization.

From the Corner Office: The Wisdom of Wading Into the Pool Before Going Deep

Association Adviser

This month’s Corner Office spotlight shines on Christopher Newton, president of the 700 member Texas Food & Fuel Association. Association Adviser: Chris, tell us a little about TFFA’s reach and the scope of industries served. AA: Very impressive considering the Texas Food & Fuel Association is a new organization. AA: How would you describe your leadership style? Before asking them to join, we try to get them involved in a committee or an advocacy issue.

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