Which Associations Now Article is Your Favorite?

Readers tell us which articles they enjoyed the most from our past issues.

We asked longtime readers to reminisce about their favorite articles from the past pages of Associations Now. Here are their top picks.

The article titled "An Amped-Up Magazine" in the February 2010 issue of Associations Nowis one of my recent favorites. Getting out of the office (to see real people) and getting out of comfort zones (to grow in your position or profession) are themes we need to be reminded of constantly.—Don Klein

Rather than a favorite article, I have a favorite issue. The Volunteer Leadership Issue published annually in January is always a must-read from cover to cover. We purchase copies in bulk and provide them to our board of directors and region leadership. We get rave reviews for passing on such a great resource.—Leigh Wintz, CAE

Tops for me was "Future Visions." Our rapidly changing world is impacting associations. Open-source software is transforming associations into less-vertical, more-inclusive communities. Interactive tools are enhancing the process of knowledge and learning. Associations are engaging as engines of social and political change. Social networks are innovating volunteerism.—Isabel Mortara

"Succeeding a Legend" by Francie Dalton. There are a few occasions in life when someone offers up truly timeless advice as thoughtfully and competently captured here. If you aspire to rise in your career, the insight and ideas explored in this article demand your attention. Transitions and transformations are complex. This thoughtful article helps smooth the passage.—Kerry C. Stackpole, CAE

"Time to Talk" by Jacqui Cook. The article serves as a practical guide to communicating with your president throughout his or her term and includes four key conversations that every chief staff executive should have with their volunteer leader. The article also provided helpful reminders on how to deal with challenging conversations. Typically, I have held these conversations informally with my volunteer leader, but this article serves as a good checklist to make sure these important conversations are not missed.—MaryBeth Kurland, CAE

"Listen and Learn" was, in my judgment, the most profound issue in some time. Why? [It included] real-life experiences from real association professionals who have navigated difficult economic periods and lived to talk about them. Nothing theoretical, or philosophical, just poignant facts and wisdom for us to all learn.—G.A. Taylor Fernley

"The Duty of Dissent" by Newton Holt. This article highlights an oft-overlooked yet critical responsibility of all board members—to speak their minds. Doing so can be uncomfortable and yet is vital to a strong board. I frequently discuss Holt's "duty of dissent" concept with board members and have woven it into every orientation I conduct.—Debra Ben Avram

"A Perfect Pair" by Rebecca Rolfes was an exceptionally concise, compelling, and relevant treatment of the leadership-service dynamic. It was a great dialogue starter [for] our staff and leadership. Proof that powerful ideas can be communicated crisply.—Joel D. Albizo, CAE

I always enjoy reading articles in Associations Now that present forecasts for the future of our industry, such as the insightful "Navigating The New Economy" article by Andrew Lang. Among my favorite regular articles in the magazine is "CEO to CEO." I really enjoy reading the CEOs' responses to the posed questions each month, as it provides insight into the perspectives of other CEOs in our industry.—David Gabri