What the world of politics has in common with volunteer leadership.
Like any important asset, governance needs to be actively managed.
For associations to survive and thrive in a time of constant change, their leaders need to develop a clear-eyed and disciplined focus on the future. The duty of foresight is a responsibility that boards must embrace now.
How creating a stewardship statement can help your association's board realize the value of their work.
For an association with a troubled chapter system, the path to resurgence is no walk in the park. It begins with a board of directors both bold in vision and open to all possible solutions. With so many members and volunteers holding a stake, it may be one of the toughest leadership challenges a board can take on. Here's how three associations have done it.
Mariner Management and Marketing's Peggy Hoffman offers suggestions on how to handle chapter restructuring efforts.
When it comes to climbing the leadership ladder, successful. volunteers keep an eye on the next rung, while helping those behind them.
A debate tournament judge (and association exec) offers tips on how to ensure that formal debates don't get tense.
Most people cringe at the word debate, envisioning the personal, divisive attacks of presidential candidates posturing on a public stage. But formal debate can be highly effective for busy leaders faced with complex decisions and ideas, so perhaps it's time to consider a good argument.
Who or what originally inspired you to serve on the board you're currently leading?
As a board leader, what keeps you up at night?
Leaders should do the opposite of what they've been told, argues Stanford Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer.
Career advice from Carol Vernon, certified executive coach, principal of Communication Matters.
Eric H. Schultz, the chair of Massachusetts Association of Health Plans in Boston, knows his way around a board.
A new role for boards in an age of innovation, according to Boston College's Dean Andy Boynton.
A fresh election cycle means a long-sought tax overhaul will wait.
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 smartphones.