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 6, 2019

The Take-Away, How to Make Your Events Unforgettable?

Why do we have one-time attendees at our events and never see them again? Delivering value goes far beyond just delivering content.
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.
May 30, 2019

Why Do We Waste Time At Board Meetings?

How many times do we say that we want our board of directors meetings to run more efficiently? Poorly run board meetings are the number one reason why there is a lack of focus around strategic issues.
May 27, 2019

The Case for Annual Board Orientation

Imagine starting a new job with a gamut of responsibilities and there is no orientation or manual. Volunteers accept a role but may not understand their duties as trustees and a fiduciaries on behalf of the membership.
May 23, 2019

The Biggest Mistake Any Nonprofit Should Avoid in 2016

A Harvard Business Article lists the 17 Fundament Traits of Organizational Effectiveness. The first and most poignant one is that “everyone [in your organization] has a good idea of the decisions and actions for which he or she is responsible.”
May 20, 2019

10 Free (or almost free) Technology Tools To Communicate, Build Your Brand And Gather Data

Nonprofit technology budgets are shrinking but the need for robust technologies is growing. Organizations with both small and large budgets can benefit from these 10 tools that can help collect data, improve communications and provide additional capacity.
May 16, 2019

Building a Sustainable Organization

A sustainable nonprofit organization is one that “…meets the needs of the present without compromising the well-being of future generations.” – United Nation’s Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future
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 […]
May 13, 2019

Success in Succession, Planning For The Future

Imagine losing your organization’s chief paid staff person or executive director. An unexpected vacancy could take many months to fill and is very costly and disruptive to the organization.
April 29, 2019

The Top Three Worst Things To Avoid in 2016

As summer comes to a close, the march to 2016 begins. The difference between a successful 2016 and a disastrous one is how prepared you are in 2015 to tackle 2016 in your nonprofit organization.
January 28, 2019

Failing To Use Data is Failing Your Nonprofit Organization- 5 ways to not lose ground during decision-making

Data is the cornerstone of good decision-making and is highly necessary for Board and staff effectiveness.