The Association Blog: News and Resources for Association Executives

The Biggest Challenges of Leading Associations

Posted by Carrie Kolar on Mar 8, 2016 6:00:00 AM

Association leaders have a lot on their plates. Depending on their roles, they can be in charge of membership, finances, events, sponsorships or the lead entire organizations ranging from a few hundred to tens of thousands of members. Leading in any capacity has its challenges, and association leadership brings its own set of issues, including managing a variety of stakeholders and competing goals, ensuring that immediate and long-term goals and in sync, and the ever-present challenges of funding and membership. Here, we’ll be focusing on the biggest challenges of leading associations.

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Topics: leadership, association leadership

How to Successfully Lead Associations

Posted by Carrie Kolar on Sep 24, 2015 6:30:00 AM

For associations to succeed, they need the right leaders at the helm. No matter how strong the rest of the association structure is, it will suffer from poor leadership, and great leadership can help a struggling association thrive. In this week’s Association Debrief, we examine how best to manage association players, new ideas for leadership development, how to encourage emerging leaders and more as we discover how to successfully lead associations

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Topics: leadership, association boards, association leadership, association management, association administration

Communicating for Association Success

Posted by Carrie Kolar on Jun 18, 2015 6:00:00 AM

When it comes to engagement, member recruitment, and running your organization, communication is key. In fact, that’s the case for every aspect of maintaining your organization. Without effective communication between every level of participation in organizations, from staff to members to the board, organizations stumble and too often fail. In this week’s Association Debrief, we take a look at the ways organizations can approach and improve their communication to ensure that they remain healthy and functional in the long term.  These tips are tools in communicating for Association Success.  

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Topics: association debrief, member communication, association leadership, communication strategies

3 Creative Ideas for Engaging Association Board Members

Posted by Allison Reilly on Nov 20, 2014 3:36:00 PM

Being on the board of a professional association is a great privilege- but also a great commitment. Board members of associations volunteer their time for the growth and success of their organization more than any other member. Without a monetary compensation and with a major time/effort investment, how do you engage and motivate board members to do all the work required to run an effective and successful organization? Here are three creative and proven ideas that other organizations implemented successfully. 

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Topics: association boards, association leadership, engaging association board members, association administration

Challenges to Getting Writers for Your Association Blog

Posted by Allison Reilly on May 31, 2014 1:19:00 PM

The toughest part about having an association blog is filling it with great content. Even if you've taken the time to create an editorial calendar, set aside a few good blog topics, and only publish once a week, the posts still aren't going to write themselves. How do you find excellent writers to contribute to your blog so one person doesn't have to do everything? How do you prepare for content long enough in advanced so that you're not scrambling to get a blog post up this week? Here are some of the most common challenges to the various ways you can find writers for your association blog.

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Topics: member engagement, marketing for associations, member communication, blogging, association leadership, association marketing

Association Board Management, Fundraising Metrics & Other News

Posted by Allison Reilly on Apr 8, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Associations may not be anything without their members, but associations can change a great deal depending on who's on the board and who's running the organization. An engaged board can boost membership, improve the quality of events while also giving more members more benefits. An unengaged or exclusive board will get little done and create an association culture that few will want to be a part of. This week's association news roundup covers board management, important fundraising metrics, and more.

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Topics: lamees abourahma, association boards, engaging association leaders, association leadership, association management

Association Success Secrets from Greg Laney

Posted by Lamees Abourahma on Jan 16, 2014 4:29:00 PM

In this edition of the Association Press, Lamees chats with Greg Laney, 2013 President of Atlanta Area Compensation Association on his association's growth and effectiveness strategy. Read the interview below or listen to our 24-minute conversation.

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Topics: membership and marketing solution, member communication, membership solutions, membership websites, membership management, bright association press, membership marketing, association leadership, membership website best practices, association marketing, association management

Strategies for Recruiting Board Members in Associations

Posted by Webbright Staff on Jan 6, 2014 7:12:00 AM

Board recruitment for your organization is a very important task in the overall scheme of running your group. Finding qualified board members can be challenging, but they are vital to the operations of your assembly.

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Topics: association leadership, association management

Association Leadership: The 5 Best Practices for Association Leaders

Posted by Lamees Abourahma on Dec 4, 2013 5:26:00 PM

Leadership in professional associations is the main driver for getting others to act and making things happen in the organization. Most of these groups operate by volunteers; the organization is primarily managed and run by the Board and supporting committees or members who are driven by the shared goals and vision of the organization. Given this environment, how does a membership leader motivate the group to achieving its defined objectives? Kouzes and Posner, in the Leadership Challenge, describe five leadership practices that show how leaders “make extraordinary things happen in organizations”. The five leadership practices are: model the way, inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, enable others to act, and encourage the heart. How do these practices look like for a membership organization? This article shows you how to apply leadership practices for your membership organization.

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Topics: association leadership, association management