Working Committees Have Plenty To Do

Eric Lanke

We're looking ahead to another calendar year in our association, and as part of that look forward we are setting a year-long course for some of our working committees. Working Committee is the term my association uses for what others might call Program Committees.

NEW YORK | Sears: Committee explores sale of Kenmore, other assets

NonProfit University Blog

The ailing company, which operates department stores under the Sears and Kmart names, says a special committee of its board is starting a formal process to explore the sale. Continue reading NEW YORK | Sears: Committee explores sale of Kenmore, other assets at STL.News.

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.

The Problem with Committees

Jamie Notter

The Problem with Committees. Here’s the problem with committees: They exist. He had written about an experience he had on a committee that wasn’t pleasant and was reflecting on how the Chair might have “lead” the committee differently. Consulting.

An Association Committee’s Three Responses To Change And Innovation

Velvet Chainsaw

Here’s your Who Wants to be A Millionaire million dollar question: What are the three states of association committee change? Their goal is to make the committee and ultimately the organization impervious to change.

All Committees Are Not Created Equal

Eric Lanke

Got into a friendly argument with a colleague about last week's post , where I revisited an idea that I've discussed before : that program committees should report to an association's Chief Staff Executive, or CEO, and not its Board of Directors. Governance committees, yes, I replied.

A Welcome Role for the Membership Committee

Associations Now

One association puts its volunteer membership committee to work in calling all new members to welcome them to the association—a rewarding effort for members, volunteers, and the association alike. At the committee level, though, there seems to be no hard and fast rule.

Dump Your Committees

Thanks For Playing

The thing about standing committees is that they're standing. One of the problems with standing committees is that they can easily become zombies, continuing on with calls and meetings and reports to the board whether or not there's actually anything for them to DO. I know what you're about to say: "Our standing committees are set in our bylaws. And you do probably have to maintain a standing finance committee. Volunteerism is changing.

Your Approach to Working Committees Reveals Your Organizational Culture

Eric Lanke

As we were discussing her work with committees in her old position and her anticipated work with our committees in her new position, a difference in style and culture became readily apparent. Our working committees don't determine strategy," I told her.

Eric Lanke: Which Committee Are You On?

Eric Lanke

Which Committee Are You On? You serve on two committees for this association--one of which you chair. Because this association has dozens of committees, you find the meetings for both of your committees scheduled at the same time at an association conference. Eric Lanke.

When Committee Bureaucracy Stymies Your Conference Potential

Velvet Chainsaw

Its committees serve as the central nervous system influencing all parts of the body. The conference planning committee is similar to our spinal cord, serving as the internal communication highway between the parts of the body and the brain.

How to Make Association Committee Members Happier and More Productive


The internet is filled with stories of organizations instituting radical changes to make employees more invested, happier, and thus more productive.

Re-Establishing a Collapsed Committee: 4 Steps


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.

Inconvenient Truths About Committees

Wild Apricot Blog

A new article in our Hub offers tips and strategies for effective committee development and management. association committees Volunteers

4 Tips to Revitalize Your “Black Sheep” Committee


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! Feeling lost at what to do? association management association leadership small staff association member engagement member retention membership management Small Staff Chatter

Eric Lanke: Should Committees Report to the Board?

Eric Lanke

Should Committees Report to the Board? 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. Eric Lanke.

When Opinion By Committee Can Lead You Astray

Velvet Chainsaw

Beware Of Committee Opinion Echo-Chamber When we are designing a conference or planning the next steps of an organization, we need to be aware of the challenges of relying only on the opinions of a committee. Especially if everyone on that committee has the same belief.

Milberg Tadler Phillips Grossman LLP Appointed to Plaintiff’s Executive & Discovery Committees in the Apple iPhone Throttling Litigation

NonProfit University Blog

Davila appointed Milberg Tadler Phillips Grossman LLP to positions on the Executive Committee and on the Offensive Discovery and ESI Coordination Committee in class action litigation over Apple, Inc.’s

4 steps for moving to paperless board and committee meetings

Optimist Consulting

I was recently asked by a client to look into what they would need to do to move to paperless committees for their board meetings. Have you moved to paperless committee or board meetings?

Does Your Board Act as Your Innovation Committee?

Eric Lanke

It advocates for corporate boards to serve as a kind of innovation committee for the corporations they are put in place to safeguard. conducting its annual self-evaluation, the board found that a number of its directors had recommended that a board committee be created to work explicitly with the new CEO on technology and innovation — not to manage it, but to partner with management on it. image source I found this post of the Harvard Business Review blog thought-provoking.

Why a Virginia Advocacy Group Is Recording Legislative Committee Hearings

Associations Now

Progress Virginia’s Eyes on Richmond project, developed as a workaround to the state’s decision not to record committee hearings itself for public consumption, is an effort at “radical transparency” in legislation, according to the group.

Baseball Hall of Fame Gives Stars a Second Chance With New Committee Process

Associations Now

The National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Era Committees, which were tweaked last summer to favor modern players, could provide a path into the Hall for “steroid era” stars passed over in the traditional voting process.

How to Find Volunteers for Committees and Task Forces

Associations Now

Finding volunteers for long-term goals and short-term needs can be difficult, but it may help to consider whether you need to set up a committee or a task force. Example Job Descriptions If you are looking to build a committee or a task force, start with something similar to this.

Poll: Age-Appropriate Networking, Committee Involvement Key to Attracting Next Gen to Events

Association Adviser

While that may not surprise you, did you know that 23 percent of associations tell us they are inviting younger members to join their event planning committees? The post Poll: Age-Appropriate Networking, Committee Involvement Key to Attracting Next Gen to Events by Association Adviser staff first appeared on

Ditch the ladder (& the committee) #Assnchat Recap


Elizabeth Engel and I co-hosted the weekly Association Chat yesterday to talk about mission-driven volunteering based on our white paper of the same name (you can download a copy here ). There was quite a number of very interesting points made during the conversation (read the recap here thanks to Kait Solomon ) but two struck me a particularly relevant

Project Management for Board Members and Committee Chairs

AMR Management Services

volunteer leaders Board Management committee leadership leadership Project Managementby Brian Reuwee. Project management requires structure. As a more free-form, creative person, I'm not always a big fan of structure, but I do love it when a plan comes together.

International Olympic Committee Attempts to Strike Balance on Russia Ban

Associations Now

In the lead-up to the Rio Olympics, the International Olympic Committee this week took a stand on a hot-button topic: whether Russian track and field athletes will be banned from competing amid a doping scandal.

Transportation Committee Pushes for Clarity on Airline Fees, Seating Sizes

Associations Now

Transportation Department advisory committee this week recommended that airlines transparently disclose fees and seat sizes to consumers before they buy tickets—and that hotels include mandatory resort fees in the price of the room. Leocha is the consumer advocate on the committee.

Eric Lanke: I Don't Want to Serve on Your Committee

Eric Lanke

I Dont Want to Serve on Your Committee. Here are some quick DOs and DONTs for your consideration: DONT send me a list of committees that have openings and tell me I have to respond by a deadline if I want to serve on any of them. DON'T have committees. Eric Lanke.

SCD Group: 12 Tips for association board/committee work

SCD Group

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. 12 Tips for association board/committee work. Pages. About. Contact.

SCD Group: 15 Tips for Better Board/Committee Meetings: Ideas.

SCD Group

15 Tips for Better Board/Committee Meetings: Ideas from NE-SAE Annual Conference and a whole lot more. Question: 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. Contact.

Committee Reports on Feedback Given to Tax Reform Working Groups

Associations Now

Beyond the Beltway To engage the public in the debate over tax reform, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) last week launched a social media campaign called “Beyond the Beltway.”

GSA Launches Travel Advisory Committee to Revamp Conference Policies

Associations Now

In an effort to keep conference and travel spending in check throughout the federal government, the General Services Administration will launch a new committee, made up of public and private-sector officials, to discuss ways to improve efficiencies.

The Hourglass Blog: Which Committee Are You On?

The Hourglass Blog

Which Committee Are You On? A new post, "Which Committee Are You On?" 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. To keep following me on my new blog, go here. has just gone up there. Posted by Eric Lanke. at 7:00 AM. Labels: Leadership. 0 comments: Post a Comment. Newer Post. Older Post.

What Race for Relevance Inadvertently Taught Me About Committees

AMR Management Services

What Race for Relevance Inadvertently Taught Me About Committees. Strong post from association executive Eric Lanke (on his own blog) about how committees can and should be used in a modern, progressive, professional association. Eric Lanke: What Race for Relevance Inadvertently Taught Me About Committees : Ive talked about Race for Relevance once before on this blog, the recent book by Harrison Coerver and Mary Byers calling for "Five Radical Changes in Associations.".

The Hourglass Blog: Should Committees Report to the Board?

The Hourglass Blog

Should Committees Report to the Board? 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.

House Committee Grills New IRS Chief on 501(c)(4) Proposal

Associations Now

I want to be perfectly clear—this committee will fight any and all efforts to restrict the rights of groups to organize, speak out, and educate the public, just as unions are allowed to do so.”.

WASHINGTON | GOP pushes for speedy confirmation vote for CIA nominee

NonProfit University Blog

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are pushing for a speedy confirmation vote as early as Thursday after the Senate intelligence committee endorsed President Donald Trump’s CIA nominee Gina Haspel to lead the spy agency.

SANTA FE, Texas | The Latest: Congressman says attack suspect ‘sort of fell’

NonProfit University Blog

House Homeland Security Committee says the teenager suspected of killing 10 people and wounding others at a Texas high school collapsed while giving himself up, avoiding a police confrontation. House Homeland Security Committee

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Mizz Information: If Your Members Organize Their Own Committee.

Mizz Information

If Your Members Organize Their Own Committee, Are You Failing Them? At any rate, one of the thousands of SXSW things that flowed through either my Twitter stream or Facebook news feed caught my association eye-- the announcement of a new Council on Ethical Blogging and Aggregation, a "committee aiming to establish standards for (content) aggregation." What does does it say about associations when members organize their own committees or councils independent of the association?