October 6, 2020

Association Management and Governance in a Pandemic

By Bob Harris, CAE “I am pleased to provide a recap of the governance and management articles, check lists, and counsel written since the beginning of […]
October 5, 2020

Guide to Meeting Rules of Order

An efficient and well-run meeting is one where everyone feels valued and encouraged to contribute equally. Putting in place rules of order is the best way […]
October 1, 2020

Build a Smart Agenda

By Bob Harris, CAE “We’ve always done it this way.”  It’s a reply to, “How did you design the board agenda?” An agenda’s purpose is to […]
October 1, 2020

Did you Prepare for the Pandemic?

By Bob Harris, CAE On March 11th I was with the Sacramento Association of REALTORS®.  The same day the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a […]
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 […]
October 1, 2020

Hydration – One Bite at a Time

By Derae Laster and Bob Harris, CAE For months, our attention has been on the pandemic.   Though it hasn’t gone away, now is a good time […]
June 24, 2020

Metrics Guiding The Recovery – Part 1

By Bill Pawlucy, CAE What are the signs, or metrics, to recovery and how do we take this information and make good business decisions? Business Insider […]
June 19, 2020

From Virus to Value

By Bob Harris, CAE For months associations have reacted to the pandemic. It is time to transition from the virus to communicating value.  Demands from members […]
June 18, 2020

Saving Sponsorships

By Bob Harris, CAE Associations have postponed or cancelled many events during these challenging times.  The lost sponsorships represent significant income as a percentage of events […]
June 17, 2020

Wasting Hours on Minutes

By Bob Harris, CAE The directors griped, “We start the meeting with the first order of business being approval of the previous minutes.  An hour is […]
June 5, 2020

Leadership, Governance, and Pandemic Recovery Book Review

Written by: Bob Harris, CAE Reviewed by: William D. Pawlucy, CAE, MPA, IOM The new board guide for the summer and remainder of 2020 is titled […]
June 3, 2020

Firing a Volunteer

By Bob Harris, CAE and Candace Boothby, CCE Volunteering is a part of America’s culture.   People step forward to help advance a cause or community. There […]
June 3, 2020

The Second Wave

By Bob Harris, CAE and Dot Miller, CAE We are hopeful there will be no second wave of the coronavirus, or that mitigation will reduce its […]
June 3, 2020

Wrong People at the Planning Retreat

By Bob Harris, CAE Association planning retreats are convened every few years.   They represent a significant investment in people’s time and meeting costs.    Attendees are asked […]
May 31, 2020

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 […]
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 […]