Category Archives: Association Executive

Your New Year’s Resolutions

By: Malarie Barineau

As the New Year approaches one question comes to mind – have you made your New Year’s Resolution(s) yet?  If not, you still have a few more days to go.

Most people make one or more personal New Year’s Resolutions but why not make professional New Year’s Resolutions too. Here are two of the most common professional New Year’s Resolutions for the upcoming year: Continue reading Your New Year’s Resolutions

Are You Feeling Conflicted?

By: John Ricco, CAE and Eric Thorn, Esq.

No, this is not a blog post about the upcoming election!  Many of us who have worked with volunteer boards of directors or served as a board member have run across questions of whether a specific action creates a conflict of interest and what is the right way to handle a potential conflict.

What exactly is a conflict of interest?  Continue reading Are You Feeling Conflicted?

How Are Your Details? Tips to Keep Your Team on their “A” Game

By: Ricki Sexton

Working for my first association management company (AMC) has taught me numerous things in the last “almost” two years.  Working for an AMC is vastly different from working for a stand-alone association, which is where my previous work experience generated.   The key :  One association, versus 21 associations.  That means 21 Board of Directors,  21 different membership bases, in some cases, certification programs with different requirements, conferences for several of our clients and 21 different types of frequently asked questions.

Whew!  Confused yet? Continue reading How Are Your Details? Tips to Keep Your Team on their “A” Game

Tips of the Trade – Board of Director Relations

By: Bennett Napier, CAE

My entire career in association management has been in the association management company arena. Working in the AMC environment, I have had the privilege to work with many associations, large and small, functional and dysfunctional and everything in between.

Regardless of structure or size, not for profits are a people business and outcomes (positive or negative) are achieved by the efforts of the people involved, both volunteers and staff.

Here are some useful but not original tips to consider. I can attest that if applied consistently and with conviction, they will achieve positive results. Continue reading Tips of the Trade – Board of Director Relations

New Year’s Resolution – Some Tips to Improve Workplace Culture in 2016

By: Bennett Napier, CAE 

The lifeblood of nonprofit organizations (whether they are charitable or associations) depends on the skills, passion and teamwork of the staff to execute programs and services in order to achieve mission.

Our firm recognized this fact a number of years ago and launched a comprehensive process to address several key areas: Continue reading New Year’s Resolution – Some Tips to Improve Workplace Culture in 2016

The Holidays are Upon Us

By: Lauren Millard

It’s that time of year again!  The holidays are here and as much as we love the food, festivities, and spending time with the ones we love, let’s just be honest for a second and say, the holidays are stressful.  As if you weren’t busy enough going about your normal day to day tasks, let’s go ahead and add sending out holiday cards, buying presents, traveling, and going to 8 different holiday parties  to your running to do list that is already a mile long.  On top of all of that, just consider the amount of work that is piling up while you’re out of town eating your fill of turkey and apple pie.  How in the world are you supposed to enjoy this amazing time of the year that you spend with family and friends?  Here are some tips you can use this holiday season to try and find that balance between your work life and your personal life.  Continue reading The Holidays are Upon Us

Certification Is Current

By: Danielle Jessup

Do you have a vested interest in enhancing your skills and advancing in the association industry?  Just as other industries require a license, the association industry has a handful of certifications to allow you to demonstrate a firm understanding of industry standards and possess the ability to put them into practice.  These two certifications are specific to our industry and could be beneficial to your career: Continue reading Certification Is Current