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The Association CEO's Unique Role in Government Relations – December 15, 2014 Members-Only Content
Author: John Barnes
As the external face of the organization, an association CEO already has a lot on his or her plate. Space needs to be saved, though, for government relations. Whatever their background or experience, every CEO can be massaged into a GR pro. It just takes relying on the staff already in place to help them get there.

Embracing Followers: A Skill Every Leader Needs – December 15, 2014 Members-Only Content
Author: Ericka Harney
There are no leaders without followers. But many leaders overlook an important part of their job: encouraging, supporting, and recognizing good "followership." Here are some simple ways that association board and staff leaders can do just that.

Is Your Culture By Design or By Default? – December 05, 2014 Members-Only Content
Author: Jamie Notter and Maddie Grant
Organizational culture is often accidental, but the best culture is intentional. To be intentional about changing your culture, start by changing how people collaborate internally.

Use Video to Prep Your Board for Its Next Meeting – December 05, 2014 Article
Author: Mark Athitakis
You won't win an Oscar or even YouTube viral fame. But short, simple videos highlighting key issues and agenda items for your board meeting will help members show up prepared and keep them focused on meeting day.

Three Different Takes on the Virtual Office – December 01, 2014 Article
Author: Gayle Bennett
Moving to a completely virtual office can provide flexibility, dramatically cut costs, and improve efficiency and productivity for a small-staff organization. But managing a mobile workforce and maintaining team cohesion can be challenging. We explore three very different virtual office models.

What Research Reveals About the "Team Brain" – November 17, 2014 Members-Only Content
Author: John Kolm
Many long-held beliefs about how work teams operate are being challenged by recent research findings that illuminate the workings of the "team brain." These discoveries mean organizational leaders must shift their thinking about how to help teams succeed.

Books: Small Is the New Big – November 07, 2014 Article
Author: Kristin Clarke
Three books offer a look at how subtle techniques can help you change others' behaviors and attitudes at work and at home, how meeting planners can adopt sustainability practices, and why our brains are wired to connect.

A Team Approach to CEO Search – November 07, 2014 Members-Only Content
Author: Linda J. Shinn, FASAE, CAE, and Barb Nash
When a chief staff executive moves on, the board needs to be ready to recruit top talent. The search and selection process works best when the board, search committee, and search consultant understand their distinct roles and work together with the organization's long-term success in mind.

The Project Management Office: Coming to an Association Near You? – November 07, 2014 Members-Only Content
Author: Cammie Kovalick
In the past few years, the workplace has evolved from "do what you can" to "do all you can." Improving efficiency is absolutely key to keeping up. Cutting-edge association leaders can drive consistent success and an improved bottom line by establishing and implementing project management standards.

How ANA Became a More Responsive Membership Organization – October 28, 2014 Members-Only Content
Author: Karen Daley and Cindy Balkstra
When the American Nurses Association overhauled its governance model in 2012, it began an era of transformation in the organization from top to bottom. Key to success in that change has been a mix of technology and communication efforts to empower members in new ways.

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