The Association Blog: News and Resources for Association Executives

Best Tips for Managing Association Players

Posted by Carrie Kolar on Jul 30, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Managing any organization is hard work. Membership-based organizations such as associations are particularly difficult, as they involve lots of moving parts and various stakeholders who all have roles in the successful operation of the organization. In this week’s Association Debrief, we take a look at the best tips for managing association players, such as Board members and staff members, and examine an alternative management structure where employees take the lead. Finally, the Debrief rounds out with pointers on how to bring out the best in your management style.

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Topics: association boards, engaging association leaders, association management, engaging association board members, board member engagement

Proven Ideas for Maximizing Association Meeting Benefits

Posted by Carrie Kolar on Mar 19, 2015 1:48:00 PM

The stereotype of the meeting today is a yawn-inducing lecture or platform for disputes that takes time you could better spend working, but that doesn’t have to be the case.  Meetings can be great tools to update colleagues, present or learn a new idea and discuss developments in your team or organization. In this week’s Association Debrief, we present proven ideas for maximizing association meeting benefits.

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Topics: engaging association board members, board member engagement, Association Meetings

8 Steps for Running Effective Board Meetings

Posted by Carrie Kolar on Mar 3, 2015 8:00:00 AM

There are plenty of potential choke points and pitfalls waiting to ruin board meetings. Wasting time, getting sidetracked, and letting personal issues get in the way of work are only a few of the problems that can impede board member engagement and keep participants from actually getting work done.

Wild Apricot recently put on a webinar with guest speaker Dr. Rick Lent entitled “Tools for More Effective Board Meetings” in which he discussed the tools and steps you can use to get the most out of your board meetings. Dr. Lent’s approach is that the underlying structure of any meeting affects the tone and content of the meeting, just as the foundation of a house determines how the house will function. Basic meeting structures include the physical setup, how you use the time you have, and the processes you use to manage the meeting.

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Topics: association boards, engaging association board members, board member engagement, board member recruitment

Top Tips for Board Member Engagement

Posted by Carrie Kolar on Feb 17, 2015 6:30:00 AM

The Board of Directors play a crucial role in any membership-based organization. Boards and board members can play many roles, but their level of engagement is vital to the productivity and success of any organization. Below, we present some top tips for board member engagement.

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Topics: board member engagement, board member recruitment, challenges for professional associations