Governance and Management Life Cycle

board meeting

Two board members walk out of the association’s planning session. One of them says, “Great session but who’s going to do the work?” The other board member offers, “I don’t really know but those cookies were amazing!” Too often there is no good understanding and closure around the roles of governance and management after a…

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10 Things to Start and Stop Doing in 2020

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein. We cannot continue to do what we have done in our nonprofit organizations and expect to provide value and relevance to our members. Competition is greater and unmerciful to weaker organizations. As we move into 2020, what should…

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The Most Common Board Questions

Written by Bob Harris, CAE Most Common Board Questions The three most common questions about boards of directors. Often they are asked by executive directors who want their boards to perform at a higher level with improved outcomes. • What size should the board be? •How often should the board meet? • What about ex-officio…

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Association Altimeter

Written by Bob Harris, CAE I spend a lot of time on airplanes traveling to association and chamber meetings. Soon after takeoff the captain announces, “We have reached 32,000 feet, the ride should be smooth up here.” At a high altitude there is less drag. The plane is more efficient requiring less fuel. There is…

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