Exploring the two different sides of leadership that make associations what they are. Association leadership is a two-sided coin: the CEO on one side, the volunteer board chair on the other. By extension, of course, the leadership team includes other senior staff and the full board of directors, who together ensure that the organization serves […]
For a first-time association executive, getting to know the board can be a daunting prospect. How can a freshly minted CEO win the confidence of the organization’s volunteer leaders while establishing a foothold on the top job? Here’s how a few first-time CEOs navigated this experience, achieving long-lasting trust and collaborative relationships with their boards.
Board members often come to their first meeting in need of help in building their strategic thinking skills. Firm guidance from the CEO can cultivate a focus on the long-term big picture and guide board members out of the operational weeds. But be prepared: This shift takes time and patience.
When a new CEO sits in the executive chair for the first time, listening is a top priority. In her e-book CEOs’ First 90 Days, executive coach Cynthia Mills, FASAE, CAE, outlines three actions to take in the first month on the job.
To manage a board of directors well, every CEO needs core skills that cover everything from setting strategy to facilitating conversation. They take practice to develop—and it may take some reflection to identify the ones that require sharpening.
A few personality traits can help CEOs work well with their organization’s board. Some come naturally, and others might take some effort to develop.
Danielle Duran Baron, CAE, the executive director of the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education, says that concerts are her stress relief.
Samuel Aubrey, MPA, RCE, chief executive officer of the Winston-Salem Regional Association of Realtors, answers questions from member Ferrell Clay.
Stone features add beauty to houses built for wounded veterans.
American Counseling Association officials are teaching counselors how to better support LGBTQ youth.
A roundup of new hires and other personnel moves in the association industry.
To become reality, ideas need a vetting process and a committed CEO.
What is one volunteer leadership opportunity that has helped you to grow as an association executive?
Lani Burnett, director of programs and business operations/chief of staff of the Reserve Officers Association, never misses a detail—or a challenge.
Simplicity and personalization drive revenue growth for the Associated Builders and Contractors.
Maryland’s breweries, distilleries, and wineries partner with Lyft on safe rides.
Run down this checklist of lobbying compliance tips before you begin this year’s advocacy activities.
Associations are everywhere. Here’s a snapshot from the Garden State.
The rules for executive compensation at tax-exempt organizations are complex. H. David Wright, chief strategy officer at Triscend, shares advice for structuring packages that work for the executive and the association.
The popular medium is a place for experimentation. Here’s how the Online News Association is putting its mark on a space where many of its members can also be found.
An online form makes it easier for volunteers to lend a helping hand.
Successful online communities have the right people, technology, and strategies in place to spark member engagement, says Marjorie Anderson, founder of Community by Association and manager of digital communities at the Project Management Institute.
Share with members what you learn from data collection.
Listen to student members to keep them involved.
Penalty or incentive? How different organizations handle renewals.
Memphis, Tennessee’s second-largest city, is sure to charm your meeting attendees.
A flood of event data is both an opportunity and a challenge.
In The Fearless Organization, Harvard professor Amy Edmondson makes the case for creating psychologically safe workplaces.
Career advice from certified executive coach Cheryl Palmer.
Ushma Suvarnakar, the director of meeting and events for the National Automatic Merchandising Association, is a seasoned meetings-industry vet.
On American Associations Day, association professionals take their message to Congress.
In sometimes surprising ways, associations play direct and indirect roles in bringing the products, services, and activities of daily life to people around the world. Including board games.