By Kristi Spargo, CAE
Like gazillions of others around the globe, as of late I have spent some (aka way too much) time binge-watching TV. I subscribe to a variety of streaming services and recently selected a potential new addiction. After the first somewhat engaging episode, the little black box popped up in the corner and informed me, ‘120 seconds until the next episode’ and even included a clock politely counting down. I said aloud with disgust to no one else in the room, “Are you serious right now?” Continue reading “Seriously?”
By Rachel Luoma, MS, CAE
Back in January when I decided to write this blog, my intended topic was staff training and on-boarding. Given the current climate with COVID-19, however, and the fact that many organizations had to furlough or lay people off, the topic just doesn’t feel relevant.
We are experiencing unprecedented times right now and need to help our associations navigate these challenges. As association professionals, we have to think differently and act quickly. Given these changes, I want to instead write about strategic planning and thinking in times of a crisis.
Continue reading “Strategic Thinking During the COVID-19 Pandemic”
Our latest conversation with everyone’s Nerdy Best Friend, Beth Ziesenis, about technology and tech tools to help make your job (and life) a bit easier! Association Peeps in Cubicles Drinking Coffee! #5
By: Bennett Napier, MS, CAE
September 11, 2001.
For those of a certain age, it’s our Pearl Harbor, or for others, it mirrored the day President Kennedy was shot. Time stops. Continue reading “A Time for Reflection – 9/11 – An Association Story”
By: Dee Kring, CAE, CMP
Whether you’ve chaired them, served on them or staffed them, you recognize that successful committees don’t just happen without some effort and thoughtful planning. Committees play a huge role in the overall success of an organization and their ability to meet their goals and objectives.
What can we do ensure successful committees? The following isn’t an exhaustive list, but a few tips I’ve found helpful: Continue reading “Achieving Results through Successful Committees”
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”
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?”
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”
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”
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”