May 14, 2019

AWI Executive Job Description and Profile

The Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI), with the support of Association Options, is recruiting and evaluating candidates for the position of Executive Vice President. About AWI The […]
April 19, 2019

Strategic Planning Article Compilation – Spring 2019

The strategic plan is the board’s roadmap or GPS. Nearly every discussion and decision should be framed by the mission and goals. Click “View” to view […]
April 6, 2019

Innovative Agendas

Listening to reports is not the purpose of a board meeting or good governance. A board of directors is assembled to advance a mission or cause, serve constituents and to provide innovative solutions.
March 31, 2019

Prescriptions for Association Health (2018-2019)

This is a prescription for elevating organizational performance. Most visits to a health care professional result in a prescription. It is the advice offered verbally (“take […]
March 28, 2019

Managing Your Board’s Expectations and Your Staff’s Workload During Strategic Planning

Everyday there are many nonprofits in the world moving through the beginnings of a strategic plan. In every one of these sessions, nonprofit boards are creating the roadmap for their organizations, which is exciting.
March 25, 2019

Plastering the Mission Statement

The mission statement is the purpose or reason for existence. It should frame nearly every discussion, program, action and decision by boards and committees.
March 22, 2019

Governance Article Compilation – Spring 2019

Governance is amorphous — without clarity, shape or form. It is open to interpretation by the board, staff and members. Click “View” to view or download […]
March 21, 2019

Advice from Association Past Presidents

We invited a half dozen association past presidents to lunch, asking them to share governance tips with the new board members.
March 21, 2019

Past President’s Syndrome

What happens to the “past” president of the organization?
March 18, 2019

Why Should They Volunteer?

According the 2013 Bureau of Labor Statistics’ report on Volunteering in the United States, the volunteer rate has been the lowest since 2002.
March 18, 2019

Who Sits Next to You at the Board Table?

The calibre of directors serving on the board impacts governance and outcomes.
March 14, 2019

Curbing Mission Creep and Micromanagement

Mission creep and micromanagement are disorders of a board. The symptoms and cures are different. Both create disruption in an organization.
March 14, 2019

Project Manager or Minute Taker, Does it Really Matter?

How much time, care and preparation do we put into board meetings?
March 11, 2019

It’s All About the Results?

Performance excellence in a non-profit cannot occur without performance measures.
March 11, 2019

Chasing Squirrels

If you’ve heard it once you’ve heard it dozens of times at board meetings: “I just have a question.”
March 7, 2019

Board and Staff – Dysfunction, Function and Leadership

What does dysfunction look like? How do we fix it?
March 7, 2019

Directors Wear Many Hats

The director walked into the board meeting with an agenda of her own. She said, “My chapter expects the state board to resolve our situation.” What hat was she wearing; a chapter director, a board member? She got on the board because the bylaws allow for representation from each chapter.
March 4, 2019

Instill Confidence in New Board Members

A common response of new directors is, “I won’t say anything during my first six months of meetings; I’ll just be an observer.”
November 30, 2013

Things Happen, Losing Your Executive Director is Traumatic but Manageable in the Interim

You have lost or about to lose your Executive Director, what do you do?  This is what we recommend: Don’t Panic! – Panicking is a natural […]
August 7, 2013


The need to conduct an executive search for a new executive director or chief staff officer is never planned and often occurs due to performance or […]