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Extending Board Terms

By Bob Harris, CAE An association relies on its board to govern.   It sets the vision and advances the mission to best position the organization and serve its members.   Through the pandemic, some directors may have reasons they can no longer volunteer.   Concerns about jobs, business survival, health and family come first.   It is…

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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 plan, it should be supported by resources.  Without aligning resources any plan is unlikely to succeed.  In associations, resources include time, finances, committees, leaders, and staff. Roadmap A strategic…

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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 are adapting.   Organizational Improvement Many of the changes have positive, long term impact.  The adaptations are necessary or organic to survive, sustain, and thrive. For example, what used to…

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 USA for more than 150 years. With 1.5 million nonprofit, exempt organizations, the common traits are a 1) mission statement and 2) a volunteer board of directors. Good governance…

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Rebound!

“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 association how she felt about serving during the pandemic.   She answered, “This is a great opportunity.  It takes real leadership by our team to get through this and make…

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Plan to Recovery – ASSOCIATION STRONG

Written by Bob Harris, CAE and William Pawlucy, CAE   Click Here to View or Download the Full PDF   After a devastating weather event neighbors emerge in shock, asking “are you okay?”    Recovery starts fast.  You hear the chainsaws clearing driveways and streets.  Piles of rubble begin to line sidewalks.  A weather event…