Leadership

Anatomy of a Transition: A New Executive’s Journey

By Christopher L. Williston, VI, CAE At the beginning of 2019, I began my dream job. After almost 10 years at the Independent Bankers Association of Texas (IBAT), I stepped into “the chair” as President and CEO of the organization. Of course, the work of transition began long before January 1. Given the fact that our previous CEO (who just ...

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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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