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Relevant Thoughts: Consensus

“Consensus doesn’t mean everyone necessarily agreed to a decision; but it should mean everyone can live with it.” — Mary Byers, CAE

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Strategic Planning Doesn’t Need to Take Weeks or Months

There are many who believe that strategic planning has to be a long, drawn out process and that the more time and effort spent, the […]

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Strategic Planning

The great thing about strategic planning is that there is no one right way to do it.

The complicated thing about strategic planning is that we […]

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Audio: Innovation That Matters to Members

Breathtaking—that’s the only word I can think of to describe what the Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) is doing for members.

I advise associations to focus on […]

It’s time to get rid of the membership grace period

Article reposted with permission, from Wes Trochlil, Effective Database Management, www.effectivedatabase.com/blog.

I started my career as a membership assistant at a trade association. We had 500 organizational members, […]

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Quotable Quotes: Good Strategy

“Good strategy requires leaders who are willing and able to say no to a wide variety of actions and interests. Strategy is at least as […]

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Video: How pageantry hurts association meetings

Where is society moving that you and your members need to move? It’s a powerful question and one that your leaders should be asking regularly. […]

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Video: How do you engage younger members?

How do you engage younger members—even though your governance favors (and rewards) longevity in volunteer leadership? That’s the dilemma Adrienne White-Faines faced as Executive Director […]

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The Promise of Past Presidents

 

Former leaders are some of your most informed—and passionate—members. They often have an extraordinary commitment level to the association and a deep understanding of the […]

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The Power of Past Presidents

When I learn that a group of past presidents is working against an association change initiative, one of the first questions I ask is, “How […]

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