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The Bravest, Scariest Form of Leadership

Courteous dialogue is one of the most powerful (and most underrated) leadership tools. Courageous dialogue even more so. Talking to, and with, “the enemy,” is […]

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Representative Governance Isn’t Always the Best

Representative governance isn’t always the best. It assumes that representatives really know (or take the time to find out) what constituents want. It also assumes […]

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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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