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Leadership by Mark Athitakis Nov 6, 2017

The Cultural Challenge of Board Orientation

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Nov 6, 2017

There may be no such thing as a dumb question, but new board members aren’t always trained to understand that. Orientation should cover the importance of openness along with the nuts and bolts.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Oct 16, 2017

Associations Need Better Orientation for Board Members, Study Says

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Oct 16, 2017

A survey by Heidrick & Struggles and George Mason University of more than 500 nonprofit board members shows how a lack of formal onboarding processes hampers board effectiveness.

Leadership by Tim Ebner Feb 1, 2019

Starting Strong: Board Relations for First-Time Executives

Leadership by Tim Ebner Feb 1, 2019

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.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Feb 1, 2019

First Steps to Strategy for Board Members

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Feb 1, 2019

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.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jan 24, 2019

Three Do’s of Attendee Onboarding

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jan 24, 2019

Like new employees, first-time conference attendees will benefit from a smooth and successful onboarding experience. Some ideas for building an attendee onboarding strategy that will turn first-timers into long-timers.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Dec 2, 2018

Can Staff and Boards Work Together?

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Dec 2, 2018

The best advice is to keep them separate. But in a time of transition, one CEO found value in a collective exercise.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Sep 28, 2018

How a CEO Can (Respectfully) Manage a Board

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Sep 28, 2018

Associations operate best when staff and board don’t get tangled. But that doesn’t mean executives should abdicate their responsibility to bring out the best in volunteer leaders---or help find better ones.

Membership by Tim Ebner Aug 28, 2018

3 Mistakes to Avoid During Member Onboarding

Membership by Tim Ebner Aug 28, 2018

Common missteps or incorrect assumptions can jeopardize new-member relationships. The author of Retention Point, a new book on how to establish lasting connections with members, identifies three common errors organizations make in the onboarding process.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jun 21, 2018

How to Effectively Present Financial Reports to Your Board

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Jun 21, 2018

When associations are presenting their financial reports to their boards, they should aim to give their board members a vision of where the association is and where it needs to go. Oversharing can distract from that.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Feb 1, 2018

Board Smarts: Onboard and Upward

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Feb 1, 2018

Effective orientation means a more effective board.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 20, 2017

There's a Better Way to Train Boards. Take a Look.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 20, 2017

For NACE International, bite-size videos are a solution to the drudgery of board orientation. Board orientation is a roadblock. For a new volunteer leader, there are few things more dispiriting than being told they’ll be charged with thinking big thoughts and setting strategy for an organization, and then kicking things off with a drowsy discussion […]

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 26, 2016

Friday Buzz: Are Job Boards Passé?

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Aug 26, 2016

What the purchase of Monster.com—for a price far lower than its peak valuation—says about the value of job boards. Also: Focus on your first-timers before the event. In case you hadn’t heard, Monster.com was recently sold for $429 million—not circus peanuts by any means, but far from its peak value. During the height of the […]

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 6, 2016

How'd the Board Meeting Go? Ask the New Board Members.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 6, 2016

Associations strive to prepare volunteer leaders before their first board meeting. But as one CEO learned, a check-in after the meeting can help too.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Nov 2, 2015

Can Advocacy Save a Board?

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Nov 2, 2015

One writer argues that a standing committee can give a board a stronger backbone. Perhaps---if you’re doing it for the right reasons.

Leadership by Katie Bascuas Apr 27, 2015

Nonprofit Boards Are Largely Ineffective, Stanford Study Finds

Leadership by Katie Bascuas Apr 27, 2015

A new survey of nonprofit board directors found there is room for improvement in board performance and suggests several steps boards can take to better serve their organizations’ needs.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 20, 2015

Avoiding a Toxic Board-CEO Squabble

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 20, 2015

A public disagreement between the Bitcoin Foundation’s executive director and board leader is an object lesson on setting boundaries.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 16, 2015

A Simple Way to Keep Boards Smart and Nimble

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 16, 2015

Consumer Electronics Association CEO Gary Shapiro doesn't get hung up on process when it comes to finding board leaders and getting them ready to lead.

Leadership by Kim Robinson, CAE Oct 8, 2014

Board Smarts: On the Money

Leadership by Kim Robinson, CAE Oct 8, 2014

Interpreting your association’s financial data is critical to sound decision-making. Learn how you can build a financially savvy board.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Feb 5, 2014

What Do You Tell Your Board About Membership?

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Feb 5, 2014

Membership seems to be low on the list of board-training fundamentals, even though it's a fundamental business model for most associations. Shouldn't boards be well informed about it?

Leadership by Beth Gazley Feb 1, 2014

Keep Your Board at Peak Performance

Leadership by Beth Gazley Feb 1, 2014

Some boards have what it takes to consistently perform at the highest level—and the best have qualities in common. Here’s what the highest-performing boards can tell us about good governance.

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Feb 1, 2014

Knowledge Corner: Board Builders

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Feb 1, 2014

These ASAE tools and resources will help you create a better leadership team.

Leadership by Keith Skillman, CAE Oct 1, 2013

Knowledge Corner: Board Performance Matters

Leadership by Keith Skillman, CAE Oct 1, 2013

New ASAE Foundation study offers a snapshot of effective board performance in member-serving organizations.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas May 16, 2013

Don’t Let Them Get Away: Tips for Successful Employee Onboarding

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas May 16, 2013

Your job as a recruiter does not end after hiring a new employee. Discover advice from two HR association professionals on how to successfully integrate new hires into your organization.

Leadership by Keith Skillman, CAE Jan 2, 2013

Knowledge Corner: Be a Better Board

Leadership by Keith Skillman, CAE Jan 2, 2013

New ASAE "Busy Board" series offers fast-read insights for governing well.

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Dec 9, 2018

Idea Bank: Buddy Up

Money & Business by Emily Bratcher Dec 9, 2018

In the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants Board Buddy Program, seasoned board members help break the ice for newbies.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 27, 2015

Can Mentees Improve Your Association’s Bench Strength?

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 27, 2015

According to a new study, effective mentoring programs can groom newer members for volunteer leadership as well as help them in their jobs.

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Feb 1, 2015

Membership Mode: A Crash Course for Volunteer Leaders

Membership by Joe Rominiecki Feb 1, 2015

If you’re going to lead an association, it would be a good idea to understand its foundational business model, right? Here’s a crash course for volunteer leaders on how membership works and what your role is in shaping and promoting it at your association.

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Oct 8, 2014

3 Lessons: Planning Power

Leadership by Associations Now Staff Oct 8, 2014

For Victoria Elliott, R.Ph., executive director of the American Neurological Association in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, good leadership is no accident.

Membership by Tim Ebner Apr 26, 2019

Membership Hack: Virtual Town Halls

Membership by Tim Ebner Apr 26, 2019

The National Association of Home Builders hosts virtual town halls every month with its state and local affiliates, providing a regular forum for both staff and volunteers to swap ideas about membership.

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Apr 5, 2019

Daily Buzz: TSA’s Luggage-Scanning Tech Is Getting Better

Money & Business by Sophia Conforti Apr 5, 2019

With improved scanner technology, the TSA will soon no longer require travelers to remove laptops and other items from carry-on luggage. Also: Your learning management system’s role in volunteering.

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Apr 1, 2019

Boost Your Staff’s Financial Savvy

Money & Business by Allison Torres Burtka Apr 1, 2019

As associations become more cost-focused and revenue-driven, staff outside the finance department need to have knowledge that will enable them to make better business decisions.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Mar 14, 2019

Conference Circuit: Nanny Knowledge

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Mar 14, 2019

The International Nanny Association’s 34th Annual Conference begins next week in New Orleans. Attendance is expected to top 250.

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 5, 2018

Foundation Study: Many LGBTQ Employees Face Discrimination Challenges

Money & Business by Ernie Smith Nov 5, 2018

One-tenth of LGBTQ employees at philanthropic foundations say they’ve left “not very accepting” workplaces, and nearly 60 percent of those surveyed aren’t “out” to their coworkers, according to a new Funders for LGBTQ Issues report. The study is the first comprehensive report on the issue in the foundation space.

Membership by Tim Ebner Oct 2, 2018

A Do-It-Yourself Approach to Meetings

Membership by Tim Ebner Oct 2, 2018

The Society for Personality and Social Psychology offers grants that fund members’ big ideas for small meetings. Members get to see their programs come to life, and SPSP has a new way to engage members.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jul 12, 2018

Conference Circuit: Chamber Executives

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jul 12, 2018

The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives’ 2018 Annual Convention begins next week in Iowa. Attendance is expected to top 1,000.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 23, 2018

How Leaders Can Improve Committees

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Apr 23, 2018

Volunteer groups can be good at letting newer members pick up some of the load. But they also need to think bigger—and that requires permission and encouragement from leaders.

Technology by Tim Ebner Apr 1, 2018

Countdown To GDPR: What Associations Should Know

Technology by Tim Ebner Apr 1, 2018

May 25 is the looming deadline for organizations to comply with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, and many are not prepared for this fundamental shift in how personal consumer information must be processed and secured. Ready or not, enforcement is coming. Here’s what you need to know as May approaches, especially if you’re behind the curve.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 5, 2018

The Conversation Before the Diversity Conversation

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 5, 2018

A new study shows that diverse boards reap benefits for nonprofits. It also shows that success is built on first paying close attention to making the entire board passionate and engaged. What can diversity do for a board? In recent years both the corporate and nonprofit sectors have seen the virtues in having leadership that […]

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Feb 26, 2018

Monday Buzz: Advocating on Social Media? Here’s What You Should Know

Money & Business by Raegan Johnson Feb 26, 2018

Social media platforms are powerful tools for advocacy, but constant algorithm updates mean your social strategy has to stay flexible. Also: How to make your new-member webinar more beneficial.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jan 25, 2018

Conference Circuit: Wheels on the Bus

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jan 25, 2018

The American Bus Association's Annual Meeting and Marketplace begins this week in Charlotte, North Carolina. Upward of 3,500 are expected to attend.

Membership by Tim Ebner Jan 17, 2018

To Engage New Members, You Need a Plan

Membership by Tim Ebner Jan 17, 2018

A recent survey confirms that to get first-time members on board and involved with your association—and more likely to renew next year—you need a plan.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Dec 18, 2017

A Last Look at Leadership in 2017

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Dec 18, 2017

From advocacy to orientation, there were plenty of challenges for leaders, but also some new opportunities.

Membership by Raegan Johnson Dec 7, 2017

Thursday Buzz: Cultivate a Sense of Belonging

Membership by Raegan Johnson Dec 7, 2017

Are your members members in name only? Here's how to develop an authentic sense of belonging. Also: How to manage your association's rainy day fund.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jun 29, 2017

Conference Circuit: National Stuttering Association

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Jun 29, 2017

The National Stuttering Association’s 34th Annual Conference begins next week in Dallas. Around 900 are expected to attend.

Membership by Tim Ebner Feb 15, 2017

How to Make Valuable Face Time With New Members

Membership by Tim Ebner Feb 15, 2017

Onboarding is an essential piece of the membership engagement puzzle. While many associations have an onboarding campaign that includes targeted messages, it can be easy to overlook the value of making face time with new members.

Meetings by Allison Torres Burtka Oct 11, 2016

Next-Gen Appeal: Making Meetings For Millennial Members

Meetings by Allison Torres Burtka Oct 11, 2016

You have loyal, long-time conference attendees—that’s great. But to keep your events thriving for the long term, you need to engage your millennial members. How are you changing your conferences to appeal to a new generation?

Leadership by Katrina Dunn Oct 7, 2016

Young Professionals Deserve a Seat at the Table

Leadership by Katrina Dunn Oct 7, 2016

Associations that create opportunities for emerging leaders to serve in staff or volunteer roles are more likely to remain relevant and have a solid leadership pipeline in place.

Leadership by Ernie Smith May 2, 2016

NCAA Tightens Rules Against LGBT Discrimination

Leadership by Ernie Smith May 2, 2016

The athletic organization announced new standards and safeguards for attendees and participants at collegiate sporting events in states that have passed legislation believed to be discriminatory against gay or transgender people. Reaction to the restrictions has been mixed.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 21, 2016

Three Tips for Brand-New CEOs

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Mar 21, 2016

A new association needs to expect the unexpected, but the author of The New CEO's Guide has some guidance for surviving the first year on the job.

Leadership by Katie Rucke Feb 18, 2016

American Philosophical Association Condemns Bullying and Harassment

Leadership by Katie Rucke Feb 18, 2016

After APA member George Yancy was bullied and harassed for a story he wrote on white privilege for The New York Times, the association released a statement supporting all members who are subject to hateful attacks.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Feb 1, 2016

Leadership Ladder: Step By Step

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Feb 1, 2016

When it comes to climbing the leadership ladder, successful. volunteers keep an eye on the next rung, while helping those behind them.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jan 25, 2016

Why That Mission Statement Matters

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jan 25, 2016

Mistakes happen when employees take their eye off the implications of their actions. It helped sink Volkswagen, proof that an ethical refresher course can make a big difference.

Membership by Katie Rucke Jan 22, 2016

Instead of Boycotting, Use Oscars to Encourage Diversity, Group Says

Membership by Katie Rucke Jan 22, 2016

Don’t boycott the Academy Awards for overlooking minority talent in Hollywood, says the leader of the African-American Film Critics Association. He is encouraging Oscar attendees to use the widely watched event as a platform to press for more diversity.

Leadership by Katie Rucke Nov 17, 2015

Missouri Protests Show Need for Chief Diversity Officer on University Campuses

Leadership by Katie Rucke Nov 17, 2015

Student-led protests at the University of Missouri regarding mismanagement of racial issues on campus led to the resignation of President Tim Wolfe and changes in university policy. Among them: the hiring of its first ever chief diversity, inclusion, and equity officer.

Membership by Ernie Smith Apr 3, 2015

Boy Scouts' LGBT Policy Challenged by New York Chapter

Membership by Ernie Smith Apr 3, 2015

The Greater New York Councils of the Boy Scouts of America this week hired Pascal Tessier, one of the first openly gay Eagle Scouts, as a camp counselor. His hire sets up a potential battle with the the national organization over its ban on LGBT adults. Tessier already has a prominent lawyer on retainer, just in case.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Mar 5, 2015

What’s Getting in the Way of Your Talent Strategy?

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Mar 5, 2015

A new survey of nonprofits forecasts employment growth within the sector in 2015, but many nonprofits report they’re struggling with recruiting and retaining employees. Find out some of the challenges posing this HR conundrum.

Leadership by Katie Bascuas Feb 1, 2015

Leadership Development: Leaders Are Made, Not Born

Leadership by Katie Bascuas Feb 1, 2015

While many volunteers have the enthusiasm to guide an organization, they don’t always have the know-how. See how leadership development programs can help instill the skills and confidence it takes to lead.

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 2, 2014

Get Leaders' Wisdom Before Its Gone

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Jun 2, 2014

Surveys will get you valuable data, but face-to-face meetings can tell you what the mood is in your industry. Here's what one association executive learned from conducting "wisdom interviews."

Leadership by Arlene A. Pietranton, FASAE, CAE Feb 1, 2014

Chairman’s Note: Awesome Partners

Leadership by Arlene A. Pietranton, FASAE, CAE Feb 1, 2014

Volunteers and staff make a powerful pairing. Here's how to make the most of it.

Leadership by Lori Porter, MBA, IOM, CAE Jan 16, 2014

Take It From the Top: How Leaders Foster an Ethical Culture (or Not)

Leadership by Lori Porter, MBA, IOM, CAE Jan 16, 2014

Usually, an organization’s ethics are only as good as its leaders’. To create an organizational culture that promotes ethical conduct and personal responsibility, leaders need to serve as role models for others.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Nov 15, 2013

Realtors Move Ahead of Federal Law on LGBT Discrimination Issues

Leadership by Ernie Smith Nov 15, 2013

In a move that puts the National Association of Realtors ahead of federal fair housing law, the group voted this week to add language to its code of ethics blocking discrimination on the basis of gender identity.

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Nov 15, 2013

Perfecting the First-Time Attendee Experience

Meetings by Samantha Whitehorne Nov 15, 2013

Conference newbies can be just as anxious to attend as they are excited, especially if they don’t know anyone. How can you turn a first-time attendee into a meeting veteran?

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Sep 30, 2013

Do Mindful Leaders Make Associations More Diverse?

Leadership by Mark Athitakis Sep 30, 2013

Diversity sparks innovation, new research says. But what sparks diversity? It may be leaders who are willing to question their assumptions.

Leadership by Ernie Smith Sep 24, 2013

Engineering Group Takes Heat Over Anti-Gay Letter

Leadership by Ernie Smith Sep 24, 2013

After a controversial letter denouncing homosexuality showed up in a prestigious engineering journal, the American Society for Engineering Education found its own leadership criticizing the letter's publication.

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Apr 8, 2013

Study: How You Orient New Employees Makes a Difference

Money & Business by Katie Bascuas Apr 8, 2013

New research indicates employers shouldn’t ignore new hires’ individuality by focusing too much on organizational culture.

Leadership by Jeff De Cagna, FRSA, FASAE Sep 27, 2012

6 Radical Shifts For Associations

Leadership by Jeff De Cagna, FRSA, FASAE Sep 27, 2012

Jeff De Cagna, FRSA, FASAE, chief strategist and founder of Principled Innovation, offers six radical shifts associations can make today to thrive in a new world.