LEADERSHIP, GOVERNANCE, and Pandemic Recovery Guide

Leadership & Governance during a Pandemic

By Bob Harris, CAE The pandemic has brought new challenges for boards of directors. Some have become paralyzed, wondering how to respond. The best have rallied the leadership team, made a plan, and increased member engagement and value. This special guide focuses on governance principles and pandemic recovery. (OK to save, copy, adapt and circulate;…

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Pandemic: Opportunity for Improvement

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By Bob Harris, CAE and Arturo Mariani, Author There are hundreds of stories about organizational and personal improvement during the pandemic.   People are sharing ways they are adapting.   Organizational Improvement Many of the changes have positive, long term impact.  The adaptations are necessary or organic to survive, sustain, and thrive. For example, what used to…

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Vital Signs to Monitor for Recovery

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“If my association went for a health checkup today, there would be some serious health issues”, said a president of a large healthcare association. As the economy moves to recovery, consider taking the association’s vital signs, just like a doctor takes body temperature, respiratory rate, and blood pressure. In this case, taking the vitals of…

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Don’t let the Association Burn Down

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By Bob Harris, CAE For more than a month, executives have been in crisis mode.  They respond to urgent calls from members, media and government while trying to manage and govern an association. One executive said it feels like our house has been on fire.  Now it’s time to put out the fire.  Spring and…

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Association Officer’s Workbook

By Bob Harris, CAE An association or chamber is a group of persons working together to advance a cause or mission. Nonprofit organizations have served the USA for more than 150 years. With 1.5 million nonprofit, exempt organizations, the common traits are a 1) mission statement and 2) a volunteer board of directors. Good governance…

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Plan to Recovery – ASSOCIATION STRONG

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Written by Bob Harris, CAE and William Pawlucy, CAE   Click Here to View or Download the Full PDF   After a devastating weather event neighbors emerge in shock, asking “are you okay?”    Recovery starts fast.  You hear the chainsaws clearing driveways and streets.  Piles of rubble begin to line sidewalks.  A weather event…

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Demonstrate Strength in Uncertain Times

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By Bob Harris, CAE and Bill Pawlucy, CAE Now is the time to demonstrate strength, leadership and strategy.   Members expect to hear confidence and solutions from their association. Associations have always been resilient, during wars, recessions and crisis.   Boards and staff should portray a positive, “can-do” attitude. Position chief elected officer and executive director as…

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Project Management Essentials for Project Success

A project is an activity with a specific goal in mind and a clear beginning and end. Unlike ongoing services and operations, a project will end, ideally, with the accomplishment of the stated goal. Identifying clear goals and establishing a project plan is critical to effective utilization of resources. It is important that the following…

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Top Ten Myths at the Board Table

You might have heard this one at the board table, “we cannot make a profit.” Or, the always popular, “anybody can do the ED’s job.” These are the myths that are promulgating boards across the country.

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