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May 31, 2020

Back the Strategic Plan with Resources

Bob Harris, CAE and Leonard Toenjes, CAE There is a saying, “Put your money where your mouth is.”  It means if you have an idea or […]
May 23, 2020

LEADERSHIP, GOVERNANCE, and Pandemic Recovery Guide

By Bob Harris, CAE The pandemic has brought new challenges for boards of directors. Some have become paralyzed, wondering how to respond. The best have rallied […]
May 23, 2020

Pandemic: Opportunity for Improvement

By Bob Harris, CAE and Arturo Mariani, Author There are hundreds of stories about organizational and personal improvement during the pandemic.   People are sharing ways they […]
May 23, 2020

Vital Signs to Monitor for Recovery

“If my association went for a health checkup today, there would be some serious health issues”, said a president of a large healthcare association. As the […]
May 23, 2020

Don’t let the Association Burn Down

By Bob Harris, CAE For more than a month, executives have been in crisis mode.  They respond to urgent calls from members, media and government while […]
May 23, 2020

Association Officer’s Workbook

By Bob Harris, CAE An association or chamber is a group of persons working together to advance a cause or mission. Nonprofit organizations have served the […]
May 19, 2020


“In the long-run, members will judge their organization for how it responded.” -Bob Harris, CAE, May 2020   I asked an elected president of a large […]
April 5, 2020


Written by Bob Harris, CAE and William Pawlucy, CAE   Click Here to View or Download the Full PDF   After a devastating weather event neighbors […]
March 31, 2020

Adjusting Budgets Impacted by Crisis

Written by Bill Pawlucy, CAE and Bob Harris, CAE These are the words of association executives panicked by the pandemic’s financial havoc.   “Our conference is […]
March 25, 2020

9 Essential Elements of Managing in a Crisis for Nonprofits

What are the things all nonprofits should be doing right now during this crisis? One of the first things is to stay calm. Your members trust […]
March 22, 2020

Demonstrate Strength in Uncertain Times

By Bob Harris, CAE and Bill Pawlucy, CAE Now is the time to demonstrate strength, leadership and strategy.   Members expect to hear confidence and solutions from […]
January 30, 2020

VECCS Executive Recruitment Opportunity

The Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society (VECCS), with the support of Association Options, is recruiting and evaluating candidates for the position of Chief Executive Officer […]
January 20, 2020

Governance Flashcards

Bob Harris Governance Flashcards Governance is an essential element in every organization. Without good governance, there is an impasse when it comes to strategic planning, directing […]
December 28, 2019

Project Management Essentials for Project Success

A project is an activity with a specific goal in mind and a clear beginning and end. Unlike ongoing services and operations, a project will end, […]
December 13, 2019

Better Governance Kit 2020

Bob Harris, CAE Boards have been known to chase squirrels, hold rump sessions and disregard the strategic plan, rules of order and governing documents. Every board […]
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 […]
October 1, 2020

How to Waste a Good Board Meeting

By Bob Harris, CAE Board meetings are a time to receive information and make decisions.   Directors who do not take their roles seriously can waste a […]
October 1, 2020

Ten Signs of a Well-Honed Association

By Bill Pawlucy, CAE An association president said, “we will never again be so unprepared as we were when the pandemic hit. Our newly formed strategic […]
October 1, 2020

Elements of a Recovery Plan – Part 2

By Bill Pawlucy, CAE LEADERSHIP In our first article, Metrics Guiding Recovery, we took a broad look at 5 key economic indicators to take action on. […]
October 1, 2020

Making Lemonade with Pandemic Lemons

By Bob Harris, CAE “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” is a phrase used to promote a positive attitude during adversity.  The lemons represent the […]