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November 5, 2019

10 Things to Start and Stop Doing in 2020

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein. We cannot continue to do what we have done […]
July 13, 2019

Toolkit: Committee Management

Committee Management Toolkit Bob Harris, CAE “Committees play an integral role in advancing the work of an association. Participation on a committee is a rewarding and […]
July 13, 2019

Toolkit: Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning Toolkit Bob Harris, CAE “A strategic plan serves as a roadmap for an organization. ‘Without a plan the board and staff may wander aimlessly […]
July 13, 2019

Toolkit: Policy Management

Policy Management Toolkit Bob Harris, CAE “Policies serve many purposes in an association. They represent the wisdom of the board of directors in interpreting the governing […]
July 8, 2019

Association CPR – Commitment, Performance and Results

In an association, CPR may restore life to an under-performing organization. In this case CPR represents a renewal of Commitment, Performance and Results.
July 4, 2019

Leveraging Data for Better Board Decision Making

The opportunity is to leverage data and performance measures to objectively assess what is working and what is not in your association.
July 1, 2019

Building a Dashboard for Performance – Metrics Your Board Might Want to See

“Directors should regularly ask at the board table, ‘How will we measure success on this project or event?’
June 28, 2019

The Most Common Board Questions

Written by Bob Harris, CAE Most Common Board Questions The three most common questions about boards of directors. Often they are asked by executive directors who […]
June 27, 2019

Volunteers Are Shrinking, How To Keep Your Most Important Resource

At least 80% of nonprofits in America rely on volunteers for their work force. In fact, most nonprofits would not exist if not for the volunteers that serve them.
June 24, 2019

Are You the “Up Periscope” For Your Organization?

The nonprofit world is seeing a downturn in volunteerism, a squeeze on its revenue streams and rising competition. How can you be the “up periscope” for your organization to see what is ahead and to make important course changes to maintain your organization’s relevance?
June 20, 2019

Maintaining Bold

Written by Bob Harris, CAE BOLD is a word frequently used in news headlines. “We need a bold plan to address guns in schools,” and, “Candidate […]
June 20, 2019

Misguided Practices

Written by Bob Harris, CAE There is no single authority for how associations operate. Every nonprofit and its board are unique. They are influenced by culture, […]
June 20, 2019

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.
June 17, 2019

Quality of Life as an Association Executive

The problem with a board myth is that the director making the statement sounds believable. Without facts, the rest of the board accepts the statement.
June 15, 2019

Association Altimeter

Written by Bob Harris, CAE I spend a lot of time on airplanes traveling to association and chamber meetings. Soon after takeoff the captain announces, “We […]
June 15, 2019

Fast Track Strategic Plan Implementation

Written by Bob Harris, CAE Within minutes of adjourning the planning retreat the directors scattered, returning to work after volunteering a day or weekend to create […]
June 13, 2019

The Board Assessment In Three Easy Stages

Assessing not only once but many times in different forms helps to move us from a static annual process to one that is more of a progress check in, which allows for continuous improvement and in “doing what is necessary” for your organization’s constituents.
June 10, 2019

What a Taekwondo Master and Piano Teacher Taught Me

It is amazing how every day life can help shape our thinking in areas we never thought would be impacted by unrelated activities…and so I thought!
June 3, 2019

Governance Reboot in 2016 is Necessary

You have an ineffective Board of Directors and they know it and ask for help! This is the perfect opportunity to re-engineer decision-making in your organization and increase nimbleness and innovation.
March 22, 2019

Governance Article Compilation – Spring 2019

Bob Harris, CAE Governance is amorphous — without clarity, shape or form. It is open to interpretation by the board, staff and members. Click “View” to […]