Leadership

New Year, New Focus on You!

As we begin the new year, it might be a good time to consider new ideas about how you can make some changes around your personal self-care. The key thing is that you can’t be effective if you are stressed and overwhelmed, so let’s start there. Maintaining Sanity for You! As an Association or Hospitality professional, one of the most ...

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Embrace a Culture of Innovation

Most associations tell me that innovation is important to them, and I, of course, agree. But the overall track record on innovation in the association community is not that great. Twelve years ago, some fellow consultants and I wrote a short book titled, We Have Always Done It That Way: 101 Things About Associations We Must Change. Two years ago ...

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Breaking the Chains of Conflict

Conflict binds us, just like chains. No matter where you work, no matter what size and type of organization, at some point in time you are going to face conflict. You may find yourself embroiled in conflict, or you may be called upon to help resolve a conflict between others. Knowing how to prevent conflict from disrupting the flow of ...

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Belonging in the Association Community

Theresa Parsons, CAE, CMP 2018-2019 TSAE Board Chair Executive Director Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education (TCASE) I was on a plane heading to Washington, D.C., to join a handful of board members on a lobbying trip. After working for another organization for a year, my association lured me back, and this particular morning was just my second since ...

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The Gospel of Good Governance

The association executive said, “Please share the gospel of good governance with my board.” He was requesting the annual orientation of his board of directors. I had to think about the context. The definition of “gospel” is something regarded as true and implicitly believed or a doctrine regarded as of prime importance. I summarized the doctrine for good governance in ...

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What Every Association Professional Needs to Know About Advocacy

Go ahead. Google the words “association advocacy” and see what pops up. I recently did the same which resulted in over 87 million hits. American Association for Justice, Muscular Dystrophy Association, National CASA Association … thousands of associations that prominently include the word “advocacy” on their websites. But what does advocacy mean? Is it something handled by your governmental relations ...

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