2017 Governance Trends

By Liz Watson
Governance Trends: Smaller Boards; Independent Board Members; Extended Terms for Board Chairs; Fewer Committees; Abandonment of Robert’s Rules Read More..

Board Leadership: Qualities of an Excellent Chair

By Lyn McDonell, CAE

Appreciating the Mix of Qualities a Great Chair Brings to the Role. Read More..

Who are you up against?

By Meredith Low
Associations are buffeted by all sorts of competitive pressures. No matter how simple or complex your revenue model may be, wherever you earn revenue you will have competition for it. Whether membership dues, fee-for-service ventures, sponsorships, or insurance, there will always be some other way for your members, delegates, participants, sponsors, or partners to spend the money that they are spending with you, whether it’s with a direct competitor or a substitute.
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CAE® STUDENTS DISCUSS.................

Describe the different styles of volunteer leadership you have experienced. Which style do you prefer to work with, and why?


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Signs of a Dysfunctional Board

By Lyn McDonell, CAE
How is your Board doing?  Are capable people working together on the right matters and being a force for good in your organization?  A strong well-functioning Board makes an organization better.  Boards bring a mix of insider knowledge and (hopefully) some objectivity to an organization’s affairs.  Senior leadership -- both staff and volunteer – who want to ensure their organization is effective should settle for nothing less than a strong competent Board.  However like all human settings, Boards have foibles. Here are some of them, and what can be done: Read More..

An Engaged Board is a Powerful Board

By Elizabeth Watson, QC
How would you describe your board of directors? Are they engaged in their work and a valuable asset for your association? Or do they simply go through the motions at board meetings, with little thought or understanding about how their actions contribute to the organization’s success?  Today’s complex landscape demands that association boards engage with intention to ensure their focus and activities contribute to organizational success. Read More..

Engaging the Unengaged Generation

By Sarah Sladek

The boomer generation has been in power for so long it’s difficult to imagine associations, government, non-profits and just about every industry out there being influenced by younger generations.

Even though association executives have long known there would be a shift in membership demographics, research indicates that most associations aren’t prepared and are failing miserably at engaging younger generations.

Why has progress been so difficult? I suspect that association leaders don’t fully understand the needs of younger generations or the potential of this emerging membership market.

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Governance Tips: Lessons Shared by our Colleagues

By Penny Marrett, CAE

What is Governance?

All of us at one point have read or heard a definition for governance. Governance is about decisions that determine expectations, the delegation of authority and providing oversight. Governance is also about providing the right leadership at the right time. Great governance happens when the Board is provided with the best information possible to enable the best decision for the organization.

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Choosing a Governance Model

By Lyn McDonell
To govern is to steer, to control and to influence from a position of authority.  A governance model is the board’s approach to the distribution of powers and authorities in an organization.  It is important because organizations have scarce resources (finances, time, and people) and often challenging missions.  An organization cannot get very far if directors have totally different ideas about how to run the organization.  Boards settle their governance approach as a matter of necessity.        Read More..

How Association Leaders Can Think Differently About the Future

By Jeff De Cagna
How Association Leaders Can Think Differently About the Future Read More..