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Prescriptions for Association Health (2018-2019)

Bob Harris, CAE

This is a prescription for elevating organizational performance.

Most visits to a health care professional result in a prescription. It is the advice offered verbally (“take two aspirin and get some rest”) or written on a pad to be filled at the pharmacy. The intent is to improve one’s health.

A similar approach can be used with an organization — a prescription to improve health, operations and outcomes. Just as people have annual check-ups, it is good for associations to have periodic check-ups.

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