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A Crossfunctional Path to a New Membership Structure
How one association's education, marketing, membership, and IT staff worked together to meet members' changing needs.
By: Julia Bailey
Negotiating Hotel Contracts
For your association's big conference, you want a top-notch facility and a positive experience for your members. The hotel wants your business now and in the future. Both parties can meet their goals when you prepare thoroughly, stay firm but flexible in negotiations, and keep an eye on the details. [Titled "In the Fine Print, a Fair Deal" in the print edition.]
By: Jeff Waddle
What Associations Can Learn from Political Campaigns
The hard-nosed, take-no-prisoners world of presidential campaign politics may seem a far cry from association management, but much of what James Carville and Karl Rove know about strategy speaks directly to association leaders. In separate interviews, they shared their secrets with Associations Now. [Titled "The Strategists" in the print edition.]
By: Mark Athitakis and Kristin Clarke
No Small Staff Is an Island
How the American Choral Directors Association has created a collaborative environment that benefits both its staff and members.
By: Samantha Whitehorne
Traveling Truck Exhibit Drives Workforce Development
The American Welding Society puts interactivity on wheels to attract younger generations to the profession. (Titled "Another Way to Go Mobile" in the print edition.)
By: Joe Rominiecki
The Benefits of Workplace Wellness Programs
Healthier employees make for a stronger association. If you're looking to build a workplace with more staff camaraderie, greater productivity, and less absenteeism, an organization-wide wellness initiative can help you get there. And the gravy? Lower insurance costs. (Titled "Well at Work" in the print edition.)
By: Jacqui Cook
Cover Story:The Habits of Highly Effective Boards
By: Beth Gazley
Great board performance doesn't happen by mistake. Qualities like strategic orientation and a culture of accountability are common among the best. Find out what the highest-performing boards can tell us about good governance.
Should Board Members Be Paid?
By: Mark Athitakis
Wait, you mean some people get paid for this? It's not a broadly adopted practice, but some associations see smart board-member compensation as a way to enhance diversity and skill among its leadership. Here's how they're making it work.
The Who, When, and Why of Board Executive Sessions
By: Anne Cordes, CAE, and Mark Engle, FASAE, CAE
Dismissing staff—sometimes even the CEO—from a portion of an association board meeting runs the risk of damaging trust between volunteers and staff. Common agreement about your association's preferred governance practices can make executive sessions more of a useful tool and less of a sore subject.
The A List
The Power of the Volunteer-Staff Partnership
By: Arlene A. Pietranton, FASAE, CAE
They say the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. That's definitely true of the partnership between association staff and volunteer leaders. ASAE's 2013-2014 Board Chairman describes her view of the "yin and yang" of association volunteers and staff.
Books: Courageous, Victorious, and Successful
By: Kristin Clarke
Three publications include the memoir of the courageous 16-year-old Malala Yousafzi, Malcolm Gladwell's latest on how underdogs overcame their strongest competitors, and the success story of Honest Tea.
How to Close the Communication Gap
By: Kristin Clarke
John Spence, author of Awesomely Simple and opening keynoter for the 2014 Great Ideas Conference, shares three tools for strengthening internal communications.
Associations Gear Up for American Associations Day
By: Chris Vest, CAE
Issues ranging from tax reform to constraints on government employee conference attendance will be the focus of ASAE's fly-in this March.
2014 Great Ideas Conference: Get Creative in Orlando
The 2014 Great Ideas Conference moves to Central Florida, but the innovative journey continues with new and unique learning opportunities.
Getting Past Gridlock: Government Relations in the Age of the Shutdown
By: Rob Stott
Despite recent success on a budget deal, the 113th Congress is on pace to be the least productive bunch in the nation's history. As a result, association government relations departments have been forced to shift their advocacy focus elsewhere.
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