Leadership

Create a “Yes, And” Team Culture

Never say no is one of the main rules of improv comedy. While you can’t never say no in your organization, you can still create a culture of yes. Galen Emanuele with Shift Yes used the five main tenets of improv comedy to show attendees how they can build a culture where all ideas and people are respected in “Create ...

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Getting to Know Christopher Williston VI, CAE

At the TSAE Board of Directors annual retreat in early June, Christopher Williston VI, CAE, executive vice president, Independent Bankers Association of Texas, was installed as the 2017-2018 Chairman of TSAE. Williston has been a member since 2006 and served on the board since 2012. He has volunteered in a variety of capacities, including chairing the Magazine and Budget & ...

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My Journey to the CAE

Judge Mark D. Atkinson JD, CAE, CEO, Texas Center for the Judiciary has been a TSAE member since 2013 and earned his CAE in February of this year. Below he shares his first-hand experience of preparing to take the CAE Exam last December and what it has meant to his career as an association executive. When I was first selected ...

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Building the Bridge for a Successful CEO Change

Many associations today are experiencing or anticipating leadership transitions as long-time CEOs/executive directors reach retirement age. But not all organizations are doing the succession planning they should be. “No one really wants to have the conversation,” observed David Martin, managing partner with Sterling Martin Associates, an association CEO search firm. If the CEO brings up the conversation, the board might think the ...

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7 Steps to Make Difficult Employee Conversations Easier

Let’s face it, no one likes to have difficult conversations because, well, they are difficult. Unfortunately, putting off important conversations only makes them more difficult and can often damage relationships in the process. One of the most important jobs of an association leader is to give employees coaching and feedback. And while not always pleasant, a well-planned conversation can go a ...

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The Secret to a High-Performance Culture

I can’t believe it’s been 15 years since I read Jim Collins’ book, “Good to Great.” I remember being very impressed by the book at the time, both the concepts and the depth of the research that went into it. A lot of the ideas resonated with me, and it was satisfying to know there was correlational research to support ...

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Leadership TSAE Retreat Kicks Off Year-Long Program

Leadership TSAE is a nine-month program designed to help association professionals develop essential skills while creating a community within TSAE. We wanted to share some of this class’ experience so you could learn how your fellow members are learning from and engaging with TSAE, as well as gain ideas to incorporate into your own leadership programs. To learn more, visit ...

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Exercise Your Resilience Muscle

I was recently speaking at a conference in Philadelphia, and while doing a book signing after the presentation, a man walked up, put his hands on the table, looked right at me and said, “Dude, I thought my life was crappy. How do you keep getting back up after you’ve been knocked down?” I wasn’t sure whether to take it ...

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Getting to Know TSAE’s Executive Director Steven Stout, CAE

On November 28, 2016, Steven Stout, CAE, joined TSAE as the new Chief Paid Staff Officer. Stout, a TSAE member for 10 years and past board member, had previously been with Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals (HFTP®) for 14 years. He is a nationally recognized association leader, past participant in the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Diversity Executive Leadership ...

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